Warren Gatland hails "outstanding" Alun-Wyn Jones

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Warren Gatland says that Alun-Wyn Jones has been "outstanding" for the British and Irish Lions after picking him as captain against Australia.

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has paid tribute to Alun-Wyn Jones after picking him to captain the side against Australia.

Brian O'Driscoll was tipped to captain the side in the absence of usual skipper Sam Warburton, but head coach Gatland opted against picking the Ireland international for the decider.

Instead, he awarded the armband to Jones, who he feels will have helpful company once the Lions take to field for the decider in Sydney.

"He leads from the front," Gatland told BBC Sport. "He's been outstanding in the lead-up to games and was one of the first names on the teamsheet when we picked the side for the first two Tests.

"He'll lead by example. There's a little bit of pressure taken off him with the fact that Geoff Parling will be calling the lineout. There are leaders in other positions as well."

The final Test takes place in Sydney on Saturday.

Lions' Brian O'Driscoll in action against NSW on June 11, 2013
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