Jones is flattered by Lions talk

Ryan Jones says that he is ‘flattered’ at being thought of as a potential Lions captain for the tour to South Africa Tour in 2009.


Jones is the current Wales captain and has led them to three straight wins in his first Six Nations campaign.


He also captains the Ospreys and led them to the Heineken Cup quarter finals in his first year as captain.


“Of course being linked as a possible Lions captain is flattering,” Jones told the BBC.


“You can’t take anything for granted in sport.” he added.


“Last time there was talk for years of me getting a Lions place but it didn’t come initially.


“I’ve only played eight game since returning from 11 months out injured but if I can stay fit and healthy then we’ll see what happens.”


“The Lions is not for 18 months so means nothing until the call comes.”


“A lot can happen in sport between now and the summer of 2009.


“Just look at the Welsh team as an example as we’ve gone from not reaching the World Cup quarter-finals to being on the verge of something special.


“So I’m not getting too excited and carried away.” said Jones.


One of the former players who has brought Jones’ potential Lions captaincy to the fore is former England and Lions prop Brian Moore who wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph, “Wales benefit from the leadership on and off the field of Ryan Jones, who is a potential Lions leader.”


Jones was a member of the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand even though he was initially overlooked by Clive Woodward.

 

Jones was also a member of the Wales Six Nations Grand Slam team of 2005.

The Lions have been captained by three Welshman in the past and all of them led the team in New Zealand.


They are as follows


John Dawes – 1971
Phil Bennett – 1977
Gareth Thomas – 2005

 

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