Lions captain Jones injured in Japan curtain-raiser

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Injured - British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones leaves the field against Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday
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The British and Irish Lions suffered a potentially worrying setback when captain Alun Wyn Jones went off injured early in their warm-up match against Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The fixture, a curtain-raiser to the upcoming tour of South Africa, was just eight minutes old when veteran Wales lock Jones left the field clutching his wrist after being cleared out a ruck.

But a statement on the Lions' Twitter feed said the 35-year-old Jones had suffered a shoulder injury.

Jones's place in the second row was taken by England's Courtney Lawes.

The world's most-capped rugby union international has started the last nine Tests for the Lions.

And with the tour being relatively short -- there are only eight games, including three internationals against the world champion Springboks -- it is uncertain for how long Jones will be on the sidelines.

Wales hooker Ken Owens took over captaincy duties on the pitch but England's Owen Farrell or Maro Itoje could be named as tour skipper if Jones is out for several weeks.

There were more injury worries for the Lions when flanker Justin Tipuric went off to be replaced by Wales team-mate Taulupe Faletau.

It was another back-row blow for Lions coach Warren Gatland, with Hamish Watson having suffered a concussion in training.

The Lions are set to leave for South Africa on Sunday, with the first Test in Cape Town on July 24.


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