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Bok brains trust not surprised by Conor Murray's elevation to Lions captaincy

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Conor Murray in action during the 1888 Cup match between the British & Irish Lions and Japan at Murrayfield on 26 June 2021. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Conor Murray in action during the 1888 Cup match between the British & Irish Lions and Japan at Murrayfield on 26 June 2021. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Springboks brains trust was not surprised by the news that Conor Murray had been elevated to the British & Irish Lions captaincy after Alun Wyn Jones was ruled out due to injury.

In fact, Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus both know the Ireland scrumhalf well, having worked with him during their time with Munster.

Jones dislocated his shoulder in the Lions' 28-10 win over Japan in Edinburgh on Saturday and was subsequently ruled out of the eight-match tour to South Africa.

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