British and Irish Lions: Alun-Wyn Jones has no problem with Australia captain James Horwill

Last Updated: 04/07/13 1:25pm

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Alun-Wyn Jones: Wants the Lions to set the tone in Saturday's Test series decider

Alun-Wyn Jones: Wants the Lions to set the tone in Saturday's Test series decider

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Alun-Wyn Jones says he will have no problem with James Horwill when they line up as rival captains on Saturday.

Jones has taken over as British and Irish Lions skipper from fellow Welshman Sam Warburton for the Test series decider against Australia.

Wallabies leader Horwill, meanwhile, plays after twice being cleared for stamping on Jones during the first Test match in Brisbane 11 days ago.

Horwill was cited for the offence, but after it was thrown out the International Rugby Board appealed that verdict, meaning a second hearing earlier this week that saw a separate judicial officer again rule in his favour.

"It's become a bit of a sideshow," said Jones. "I should imagine there will be some red faces somewhere for appealing the initial decision and coming up with the same decision, but that is not for me to comment on.

"I will just get on with it, and I am happy to shake his hand after the game as well."

Jones takes the reins this weekend as something of a surprise choice, with many believing Brian O'Driscoll would be handed leadership duties.

Four-time Lions tourist O'Driscoll, though, has not made the match-day 23, with Warren Gatland opting for a Welsh midfield combination of Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts.

"I don't really want to change anything," Jones added. "I just want to keep going the way I have been going on a personal level.

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"I am not going to tell the backs how to kick or to pass or to run. It's a case for me to do what I've been doing with the other players in the pack and hopefully bring the win."

O'Driscoll offered his congratulations to 27-year-old Jones after training in glorious sunshine at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club today, with the squad departing for Sydney tomorrow.

"We've had a couple of days off, and we've got three days, really, that is going to set the tone in the final Test, three days which are going to give us a Test series win hopefully off the back of a seven-week tour."
Alun-Wyn Jones

"He just congratulated me, simple as that," Jones said. "He is very professional in his manner and just got on with the job in training. Everyone has done the same. We haven't got a lot of time to waste now.

"We've had a couple of days off, and we've got three days, really, that is going to set the tone in the final Test, three days which are going to give us a Test series win hopefully off the back of a seven-week tour."

Jones played in all three Tests on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa. They lost the series 2-1, but were undone by a last-gasp Morne Steyn penalty in game two that gave the Springboks an unassailable advantage.

"You can't carry hangovers like that for too long in sport because it comes back to bite you on the backside," Jones added.

"Don't forget, going into the third Test we had already lost the series anyway, so it's now a different timeline. We are going into the third game with everything to play for.

"The way the talk has been going around the camp it doesn't feel there is necessarily a lot of pressure on us. Sometimes that's a good place to be, sometimes it's a bad place to be. We will find out on Saturday."

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