The former England captain Martin Johnson has said that Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones is the best choice to lead the British and Irish Lions in June.
Jones was appointed as Wales’ captain after Sam Warburton stepped down before the Six Nations and Johnson says that the international is the best choice to lead the Lions in New Zealand.
Speaking this week Johnson said, “As the tournament has gone on I just thought Alun Wyn Jones has played really well. Right now if you’re picking a Test team I’d pick him in the second row and I’d pick him as captain. That would by my choice.”
Johnson said that the competitive nature of this year’s Six Nations means that Warren Gatland has a lot to think about ahead of selecting his Lions squad that will be announced on April 19.
He said that there are some players that definitely deserve to be selected but that there is a group of ‘possibles’ that it will be hard to choose from, “I think a No 8 like Billy Vunipola will go, but who else will go? [Taulupe] Faletau has not played that much in the Six Nations but we know he’s a quality player, and then there’s some young guys like Ross Moriarty.”
He believes that there will be tough competition for second row positions but he thinks Alun Wyn and Maro Itoje definitely deserve to be selected. He also believes that Richie Gray deserves a place as he is a “more mature player than he was four years ago.”
He thinks that the 10-game tour of New Zealand will be a huge challenge for the players but that the group has a chance to make history, “Win a series down there, you go with the immortals straight away in a very special group of players. It’s worth the effort, it’s worth the sacrifice to put everything into that six or seven weeks.”