British & Irish Lions
Jones and Jenkins out of third Test
June 28, 2009
Gethin Jenkins will miss the third Test with a fractured cheekbone © Getty Images
The British & Irish Lions have suffered further damage after conceding the Test series to South Africa in Pretoria yesterday, with Welsh props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones both ruled out of the third Test in Johannesburg by injury.
Jones, who made his starting Lions debut at Loftus Versfeld, has a dislocated shoulder while Jenkins' fractured cheekbone will prevent him from winning his sixth straight Lions Test cap. Both players have had surgery, and were not wanting for company in the hospital as they were joined there by Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Roberts and Tommy Bowe.
All three players will be monitored during the course of the week, with O'Driscoll suffering from concussion, Roberts from a wrist injury and Bowe from an elbow problem. They have been joined on the injury table by Ronan O'Gara, who cannot open his left eye due to a deep cut.
Lions doctor James Robson described the game as 'brutal' and lamented the loss of Jenkins and Jones, who was injured by a shoulder charge from Springbok lock Bakkies Botha, who has subsequently been cited for the incident. Botha's team-mate Schalk Burger will also face the judiciary after being cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes of Luke Fitzgerald.
"It certainly was a fairly brutal game," said Robson. "As the casualty list goes it is not something I am happy with. To lose two of our most colourful characters in Gethin and Adam is distressing.
"Gethin has had a plastic plate inserted. The timescale for his recovery is six to eight weeks. We couldn't get Adam's shoulder to pop back in at the stadium and he was required to go to theatre. He will be subject to further investigation and specialist opinion. Brian is very much alert and conscious today but he is subject to the usual return to play protocol."