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Boost for Lions as Alun Wyn Jones prepares to make comeback

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will make his comeback from injury when the Ospreys face Guinness PRO12 play-off opponents Munster on Saturday.

Alun Wyn Jones was injured during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stade de France, Paris. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

The Ospreys skipper has not played since suffering a shoulder injury while on Wales duty against RBS 6 Nations opponents France nine weeks ago.

And his return is a boost for the British and Irish Lions ahead of this summer's New Zealand tour.

Lock Jones, who has won 110 Wales caps and played in six Lions Tests on the 2009 and 2013 tours, will be a key member of head coach Warren Gatland's Lions squad.

Jones will lead the Ospreys in Limerick, with Munster's Ireland and Lions scrum-half Conor Murray also starting as he continues his return from injury.

The Lions leave for New Zealand in 10 days' time, with their opening game being against a Provincial Barbarians XV in Whangarei on June 3.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Coach Warren Gatland 'happy' with draw

Warren Gatland, Wales head coach Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he's "happy" with the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Wales have been drawn into pool D, where they will face Australia for the second tournament in succession, Georgia and a team from Oceania and the Americas.

The current record shows that Wales have suffered 12 successive defeats against Australia, having not defeated them since 2008.

Two years ago, Wales were drawn alongside England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay.

We're reasonably happy to be in Pool D.

It's better than 2015 anyway.

Obviously, we get Australia again, and it looks like we could also get Fiji, so there are a couple of teams from 2015.We are pretty happy with the draw.

Every group is going to have some tough teams in it, but from a Welsh perspective, I'm happy how it has turned out.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach


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