Wales great Alun Wyn Jones shall be confirmed as captain of the British and Irish Lions when head coach Warren Gatland names his 36-man squad on Thursday for the tour of South Africa.
Jones, 35, has been the favorite for the position since main Wales to the Six Nations title in March.
He shall be occurring his fourth Lions tour, after being a key a part of the collection in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
The Lions squad is confirmed at 12:30 BST on Thursday.
Jones has received a world report 157 worldwide caps and has began the final 9 Lions Test matches, together with captaining the group to victory within the decisive third Test in opposition to Australia in Sydney in 2013.
And whereas he’s set to face stiff competitors for a Test match place within the second row, Gatland has proven he’s ready to depart the tour captain out of the beginning XV if required.
In 2017, skipper Sam Warburton was on the bench for the primary Test in opposition to New Zealand with Peter O’Mahony the captain, earlier than Warburton returned to lead the aspect within the second and third Tests.
However Jones’ kind within the Six Nations, in addition to his aura, expertise and memorable longevity have satisfied Gatland he’s the person to succeed the retired Warburton.
“Coming from a team that has done reasonably well in the Six Nations, and having the respect of other players in the squad, that is fairly important,” Gatland instructed the BBC final month.