Brian O’Driscoll Picks His British & Irish Lions Captain

Brian O’Driscoll has come to a decision on who he thinks is best fit to lead the Lions this summer.

The former Lions and Ireland captain originally believed that Alun Wyn Jones was the man to lead the famous touring side this summer, but after closely observing the Six Nations this year, he has another man in mind.

Writing in his Lions blog in partnership with Thomas Pink, O’Driscoll now believes 2013 captain Sam Warburton is the man to take charge.

“I believe there have been a few players throwing their hat in the ring for captaincy on the Lions tour.
“The frequently asked question is, ‘What do you want from a tour captain and a team captain?’, and I would say that ideally I want them to be one and the same.
“In a perfect world your tour captain is the first name down on your Test sheet. However if that’s not the case you need a leader that would have the ability to accept the disappointment of not being selected while still performing his role and getting the best out of the squad.
“Sam Warburton has become the bookies favourite (and rightly so in my opinion) for the title after some impressive performances over the past couple of months. With some question marks over his future in the Wales team, he answered his critics in emphatic style with a big tournament, in his less favoured position of blindside flanker.”

What do you think?

Brian O’Driscoll was speaking on behalf of Thomas Pink – Official Outfitter of the British & Irish Lions. Register at for exclusive Thomas Pink Lions events.

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