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Last update: 07/20/21 10:48 PM

Maro Itoje set to line up next to Alun Wyn Jones against South Africa

Maro Itoje must call on Alun Wyn Jones for his recovery techniques after joking that the British and Irish Lions captain has returned to camp in great shape and with new hair growth.

Jones was dubbed “Lazarus” by his Lions teammates after taking just three weeks to heal from a dislocated shoulder suffered against Japan last month.

Now that he has completed what Warren Gatland describes as a “miraculous recovery”, Jones is available to lead the tourists to Saturday’s first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

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British and Irish Lions defense coach Steve Tandy said Jones was “fit and ready to go” ahead of Saturday’s first test

British and Irish Lions defense coach Steve Tandy said Jones was “fit and ready to go” ahead of Saturday’s first test

Itoje, his likely second-row partner against the Springboks, insists the world’s most capped player has suffered a restorative comeback in more ways than one.

“Alun Wyn looks like a 24 year old. I don’t know what recovery method he uses, but somehow his hair is growing back on the top of his head too!” said Itoje.

“Whatever recovery he uses, I have to get on with it. Luckily my hair is on point! He looks good.

British and Irish Lions: Maro Itoje Inspired by Alun Wyn Jones’ Powers of Recovery |  Rugby Union News

Jones suffered a dislocated shoulder against Japan on June 26

“He’s a man with a lot of experience, he’s the captain of the tour and he has that kind of presence about him.

“It’s great to find him. He was desperate to be back and desperate to do whatever he can to help make the tour a success.”

Itoje and Jones formed the lockdown pair for the last two tests against New Zealand in 2017 and four years later, England’s destructive talisman is at the top of the pecking order.

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Itoje says the team are looking forward to South Africa’s physical character ahead of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday, live on Sky Sports

Itoje says the team are looking forward to South Africa’s physical character ahead of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday, live on Sky Sports

“I wouldn’t go into the semantics of this, but what I do know is that this time around I’m a lot more experienced,” Itoje said.

“The first time was a whole new experience for me to be a Lion, to play a Lions Test series for the first time, to be in the Lions environment for the first time.

“Now I’m a much more complete player and I think I have a better understanding of the game and I probably understand a little better how I can influence the team in a positive way.

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Highlights as the British and Irish Lions faced the Stormers in their final warm-up of the South Africa tour

Highlights as the British and Irish Lions faced the Stormers in their final warm-up of the South Africa tour

“I have a responsibility to try, depending on the selection, to help the team move forward and I have a responsibility to try to energize the team.

“I probably know a lot more about my responsibility than I did four years ago.”

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