British & Irish Lions: Alun Wyn Jones named captain

Warren Gatland has called upon Alun Wyn Jones who was his trusted lieutenant for Wales for so many years to marshal the tourists to a series victory.

British & Irish Lions: Alun Wyn Jones named captain

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa.

Coach Warren Gatland has called upon the man who was his trusted lieutenant for Wales for so many years to marshal the tourists to a series victory.

Alun Wyn Jones named captain of the British & Irish Lions

Jones will follow in the footsteps of fellow locks Willie John McBride in 1974, Martin Johnson in 1997 and Paul O’Connell in 2009 by captaining the Lions in South Africa from the second row.

The captaincy honour cements Jones’ place as one of the all-time greats of the game.

The series against the Springboks will be his fourth Lions Tour in a row while he already has nine consecutive Test appearances to his name, a feat that hammers home his longevity and continued impact.

It will not be the first time Jones has led the Lions, with the towering lock captaining the tourists in the decisive third Test win in Sydney against the Wallabies in 2013.

Having driven Wales to their sixth Six Nations title since 2005 earlier this year, it’s not hard to see why Gatland called the decision to name Jones as his skipper “relatively easy”.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with him for a number of years, he was the only player in the Welsh squad who was there before me, so he’s had a huge amount of experience,” he said.

“I think the last few years he’s done an incredible job in terms of leading Wales. He has captained a Lions team in the third Test in 2013, which was a pretty good performance.

“For me, picking someone who comes from a team that’s won the Six Nations, who has respect, has been there and done that, it was a relatively easy decision.”

Gatland says that Jones will still need to earn his place in the Lions starting lineup.

Wales’ lock Alun Wyn Jones (C) and England’s lock Maro Itoje (R) compete for the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on February 27, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. Use in books subject to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) approval. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“When I rang him and asked him, he was pretty honoured to be able to accept it,” Gatland added.

“But there’s also the caveat and the conversation that, ‘Your form needs to be good enough to be selected in the Test side’ and there’s no one better to have that conversation with than Alun Wyn.

“He fully understands how much competition there is in that second row and that if someone is playing better than him, he could be on the bench or someone else might captain the Test series.

“We’re going to need other leaders. We’re going to need someone else to captain games that he’s not involved in, but I think he thoroughly deserves it.

“He’s a player that leads from the front, sets a great example in training, he has a huge amount of respect, he’s been there done that, a world record-holder in terms of Test caps.”

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What’s Gone Viral: See the ‘monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

What's Gone Viral: A 'monster moth' as big as an 'eggplant' was recently found at a school in Australia.

What’s Gone Viral:  See the ‘monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

A giant moth – so heavy that it cannot fly – was found at an Australian school on Monday, 3 May 2021.

A monster moth found in Australia

According to the Mount Cotton State School, builders found the giant wood moth while constructing new classrooms at the school in Queensland.

The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, called it an “amazing find”.

An Amazing find

“Our new building is situated on the edge of a rainforest and during the build, the moth was found,” Steward told .

She also said that while staff and students were used to seeing a range of animals at the school, the moth was unlike anything they had seen before. 

The school shared photos of the giant wood moth on Facebook, where they generated a huge interest and registered hundreds of likes, comments and shares.

A giant wood moth found during the build! https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/giant-moth-invasion/13326950

Posted by Mount Cotton State School on Sunday, May 2, 2021

About the giant wood moth

According to NDTV, the giant wood moth, also known as the Endoxyla cinereus, is found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast. According to Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum’s head of entomology, giant wood moths are the heaviest in the world. 

“They fly very, very poorly. In most cases when they emerge, the females, they just crawl up a local tree or stump of a fence post and sit there and wait for males to find them,” Lambkin said.

“They’re very common on Queensland coast, [but that] is the biggest I’ve seen,” one social media user commented on Facebook. “How cool. Gotta say if it flew near me while I was gardening I would probably do a karate freakout!” said another.

The females, about twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 30 grams and boasts a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters.

Another social media user means that it is as big as an ‘eggplant’.

“Sweet mercy. It’s the size of an eggplant.”

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