Injury rules Wyn Jones out of first Test against Boks

Date published: July 24 2021 - David Skippers

The British & Irish Lions have been forced into one change to their starting line-up for Saturday’s first Test against the Springboks at Cape Town Stadium.

The Lions revealed to Planet Rugby on Saturday that loosehead prop Wyn Jones was forced to withdraw from the game due to injury, a few hours before kick-off.

Jones suffered the injury during training on Thursday and is replaced in the front-row by Rory Sutherland, who is promoted from the bench with Mako Vunipola filling the vacant replacement’s spot.

“It’s really bad luck for Wyn and we all feel for him missing out on tonight’s game,” head coach Warren Gatland said.

“However, we’re confident he’ll be back in training next week and have no plans to bring in anyone else at this stage.”

British and Irish Lions (revised): 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Ali Price, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Liam Williams

Date: Saturday, July 24
Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Kick-off: 18:00 local (17:00 BST, 16:00 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Mathieu Raynal (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)