Jones leaves the pride

Ryan Jones has left the Lions camp after only a couple of days due to medical issues following his head injury on Wales’ tour of North America.

Take a look at the above picture – it will be the first and last time you’ll see Ryan Jones in a Lions shirt this year.

The Wales captain joined up with the Lions squad on Thursday following the injury to Stephen Ferris, however, following a medical examination by the Lions medical team, Jones has been sent home after being declared unfit for Lions duty.

Lions Assistant coach Warren Gatland earlier said that time was not on Ryan Jones’ side, and that the balance of the squad would not help Jones’ cause of getting a Test spot. Head coach Ian McGeechan has revealed that no players will be called up as a replacement.

Jones said: “I am very disappointed that on medical grounds I have been told that I am not currently fit enough to play an active role on the tour.

“I was looking forward to getting involved with the rest of the lads but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It has been an up and down year for me in many ways.

“I feel okay at present but obviously I have to listen to the neurosurgeon’s advice in terms of my health, and to ensure I make a full recovery.”

What do you think? Is Jones a major loss?

4 thoughts on “Jones leaves the pride

  1. Not sure if Jones will be a major loss. What I can’t understand is why Phil Vickery is captaining a side and Steve Borthwick isn’t even in the touring party. What has McGeechan and Co. got against Borthwick? After all, England did come 2nd in the 6 nations, behind an on-form Ireland and ahead of an on-form Wales and Borthwick’s performance was far superior to some of the second rowers in the squad (I know Paul O’Connell had to be featured, but his captaincy in the saturday games has been shakey, to say the least. Bortwick could have come on for him last Saturday and given some stability when things were crucial). OK, I know there is much competition for second-row places, But surely Borthwick, as England captain and performing as well as second rowers in the squad, should be there.

  2. john mcdonald- first of all england came 2nd on points difference over much suuperior welsh and french teams(lucky 2 beat).
    – secondly borthwick has very limited skill and even if i could bring 10 2nd rows on the tour i doubt he would get near the list. the squad was picked on form, and vickery being a very experienced player and captain deserved his chance.

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