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Jones relishing Lions challenge

Stepehen Jones
Stephen Jones played against South Africa in the autumn

Stephen Jones says he realises there are big challenges awaiting the Lions in South Africa this summer.

But the 31-year-old admits he is delighted to being part of the tour as one of 13 Wales players selected.

"I'm fully aware it's going to be a difficult challenge in the sense we are playing the world champions in their back yard," said the Wales fly-half.

"But it's a great honour to be selected by the Lions. So many Wales guys have been selected as well."

Added Jones: "From a personal perspective I'm just really looking forward to the challenges ahead."

One of those challenges will be going head-to-head with Ireland's Ronan O'Gara - the only other recognised fly-half named in the party.


There is a possibility of an early duel between the pair when the Scarlets go to Musgrave Park to take on Munster on Friday, although that depends on Jones passing a fitness test on his injured hamstring and O'Gara being selected.

Jones and O'Gara were also number 10 rivals on the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand.

Jones started two of the internationals and was a replacement in the other.

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