Gibbs backs Jones to lead British and Irish Lions

Former Wales centre Scott Gibbs has joined the ever growing list of former Wales internationals who are backing Ryan Jones to captain the British and Irish Lions in South Africa next year.

Gibbs, a former Lions legend himself says that Jones can follow in Martin Johnson’s footsteps by leading the Lions to victory in South Africa next year.

He says that Jones has the right credentials to skipper the Lions, where they hope to repeat their famous success of 11 years ago.

Jones came in this year as captain to lead Wales to the Grand Slam and Gibbs believes he is the right man for the job.

“Ryan has very similar hallmarks to Martin Johnson in that he never takes a backward step.” Gibbs told The Sun.

“You have to have that quality as a captain and he has the resilience and attitude to lead the Lions as well as Johno did.”

On the Lions last tour to South Africa 11 years ago Gibbs was named player of the series and said, “I’d love to see him have the captaincy from a Wales perspective and I think he is a good leader as showed when Wales won the Grand Slam.

“But obviously he needs to be in form to deserve his place in the side first.”

Gibbs is also hoping that the Lions will be able to move on from their last trip where they got hammered by New Zealand.

“The most important selections have already been made with the management and coaching set-up with Gerald Davies and Ian McGeehan in charge and Shaun Edwards likely to be alongside,” added Gibbs.

“I know it will not be anything like the last tour and players will be picked on form.”

“They will also crystallize the value of the Lions, the comradeship and establishment the core values for the Lions ready to attack on South African soil.”

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