Video replay shows Alun Wyn Jones conspiracy theory is nonsense
If you watch the replay back of the injury to British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones, you can see exactly what happened.
The Lions grabbed the win but it was not all good news for Warren Gatland as captain Alun Wyn Jones left the field injured and is now out of the tour.
You can see that the Japanese player collects him with a legal clearout and despite some conspiracy theories (namely that Adam Beard had snuck onto the pitch in a Japanese jersey) we can confirm everything was above board.
Jones and Tipuric both sustained Tour-ending shoulder injuries during the Lions 28-10 win over Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium today for The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) takes over as Tour captain from Jones.
“We’re all incredibly disappointed for Alun Wyn and Justin,” said Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland.
“The timing of these injuries seem particularly cruel given we fly to South Africa tomorrow, but unfortunately they’re part of the game.
“Alun Wyn will obviously be a big loss, both on and off the field, but will be ably replaced by Connor.
“Conor is an outstanding rugby player and is held in the highest regard with both the players and coaches. As a three-time Lions tourist, he knows what will be required as captain and I am certain he will lead the squad with excellence. He will also be well supported by an experienced leadership group.
“We plan for Adam and Josh to join up with the touring party before we depart for South Africa tomorrow evening.”
There are in fact the full highlights from Murrayfield where the British & Irish Lions eased to a 28-10 victory over Japan.