Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones joked he thought he was on Star Trek when virtually beamed into the squad announcement on Thursday.
Much to the amusement of many the Welsh legend was revealed as the Lions skipper as a hologram by Scottish broadcaster Lee McKenzie.
The 35-year-old was not at the announcement at London’s Mermaid Theatre, but was super-imposed in from the Vale hotel in Glamorgan for his interview wearing full Lions kit.
Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones was hilariously virtually beamed into Thursday’s squad unveiling
The sci-fi move sparked hilarity on social media and Jones himself found the funny side.
He said: ‘It was akin to Star Trek wasn’t it? I didn’t know if they were going to put Dr Spock in the background! It was a bit different.’
Jones found out he would be captain on Sunday, missing a call from Warren Gatland.
‘I was actually doing my Sunday evening spin just to get my legs going for Monday,’ he said.
The 35-year-old also revealed he missed Gatland’s initial phone call for him to be captain
‘I’m sorry it wasn’t anything too rock and roll!
‘I saw the name on the missed list – it was very succinct “give me a call”. I sort of knew what it was about, obviously, so I called him back. He said “how are you? How’s it going? I’d like you to lead the Lions”.
‘To hear those words and that question is very special. I was more than happy to accept.’
And Jones reckons lock partner Maro Itoje, with whom he combined expertly with in 2017 in New Zealand, will be a leadership force on the South Africa tour.
‘I think first and foremost for Maro he’s been one of the standout performers in the Six Nations for the last few years and since he’s come on the scene,’ added Jones, who will go on his fourth Lions tour.
Jones believes lock partner Maro Itoje will be a leadership force on the South Africa tour
‘A lot of pressure has been put on him and he’s risen to that. In terms of leadership in the group and the potential number of captains, it was probably double figures really.
‘There are guys who have captained other countries and in big European games where they’ve had success. I always say I’m very fortunate with Wales to have the leadership group I have and the guys who run their relevant departments. I don’t see that as being any different when you get to this level.
‘Gats said it’s the best of the best and that shows in the leadership Maro brings when he plays.‘