Alun Wyn Jones relishing his second chance to be part of British & Irish Lions squad
Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones is delighted to have been selected for the British and Irish Lions tour for the second time.
Last Updated: 01/05/13 10:37am
The 27-year-old toured South Africa with the Lions in 2009, playing an integral part in all three Tests which saw the visitors suffer a 2-1 defeat.
After missing three months of this season with a shoulder injury, he turned in outstanding performances when he returned for the Six Nations earlier in 2013, and was considered a potential candidate to captain the Lions in Australia.
And the Ospreys lock, who has won 70 caps for his country, insists his time with the Lions four years ago was a real eye-opener.
He said: "The thing that shocked me last time is that things are quite quiet initially, but once you get closer to the games there seems to be fans everywhere.
"You see things like Englishmen singing 'Delilah' and that makes you realise it is a bit different.
"You are representing four nations, not one. There is a lot of pressure but you have to make sure it does not get to you. It is a very special experience."
And after spending three months on the sidelines, Jones' absence has left him feeling refreshed and ready to take on the Wallabies.
He said: "There has been a lot of talk about players in the squad having not played a lot of rugby.
"I was the same when I went to Australia with Wales last year and that probably did me a bit of good.
"I missed three months this season and other players have had injuries this season. Is it a bad thing? Not really, they will be rested and ready for what is round the corner."
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