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The British and Irish Lions suffered a major setback ahead of their tour of South Africa when captain Alun Wyn Jones was banned from the trip after sustaining a shoulder injury during a warm-up match against Japan in Edinburgh .
Veteran Lock Jones, 35, lost just eight minutes after a 28-10 win over Japan at Murrayfield, a curtain-raiser for an eight-game tour of South Africa that culminates with three tests against the champion of the Springboks world.
“He dislocated his shoulder,” said Lions head coach Warren Gatland, Jones appearing to be suffering from the injury when he was knocked out in a ruck.
“The prognosis is the best of times, he could be okay for the first test (in Cape Town on July 24).
“However, we have had a discussion and it looks like we will have to replace him. This is devastating news.”
The Lions are due to leave for South Africa on Sunday, former Wales boss Gatland adding: “It’s very disappointing. He’s been in rugby for quite a long time but he will be gutted. We have to call someone. one, get it tested by PCR and hopefully take them on the flight tomorrow.
The Lions’ first game in South Africa is against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg on July 3.
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