Dislocated shoulder rules Alun Wyn Jones out of Lions' tour of South Africa

Alun Wyn Jones was replaced in the 8th minute during the game against Japan
Alun Wyn Jones was replaced in the 8th minute during the game against Japan

British and Irish Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones will miss the upcoming tour of South Africa following a dislocated shoulder.

Jones, who is the most-capped player in international rugby sustained the blow during their warm-up game against Japan at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday where he was replaced in the 8th minute by England's Courtney Lawes.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland confirmed the news on the 35-year-old and insisted that a replacement will be named in due course before they head to South Africa.

"His shoulder dislocated," Gatland said.

"We're getting it scanned but it's looking like we'll have to replace him.

"It's very disappointing. He's been around rugby long enough but he'll be gutted.

"We need to call someone in, get them PCR tested and hopefully get them on the flight tomorrow.

"The decision's pretty much made. I was speaking to the physios and they've spoken to Alun Wyn. He understands the very best case scenario is that he may get back for the Tests."

Meanwhile, Jones' Wales team-mate Justin Tipuric was also forced to leave the field in the 22nd minute with a shoulder injury but will be reassessed to know the extent of the damage.

Despite the setback, the Lions went on to register a 28-10 win over the Brave Blossoms and will next face Lions in a tour game on 3rd July.