OSPREYS favourite Alun Wyn Jones will become a rugby legend this weekend when he leads the British and Irish Lions in their deciding test match against Australia.
His proud father, Swansea solicitor Tim Jones, said that the family had received many messages of congratulations and support.
He said: "I've had a phone call from Phil Bennett and Tommy Bowe's parents, the phone has been ringing off the hook.
"We're proud and delighted for him. It's all down to his hard work and dedication. He has the ability and he's a natural leader."
Mr Jones, who himself played in the back row for Llanelli, said that he had not been surprised by the move. "With Paul O'Connell ruled out I knew that if Brian O'Driscol was not going to be picked then Alun Wyn would get it.
"He has captained the Ospreys quite well and he will also get the support of his best friend Adam Jones and others in the squad."
Mr Jones, who has spoken to his son on Skype, will not be able to go to Australia due to ill health..
He said "I'm not able to fly so I will be watching the game on television at home with my wife."
As for the result he predicted a win saying: "The Welsh boys know what they are doing."