Paul O’Connell’s Pick For British & Irish Lions Captain Might Surprise A Lot Of People

Skipper.

Former Ireland and Munster lock Paul O’Connell knows what it takes to skipper the British and Irish Lions have been named tour captain for their tour of South Africa back in 2009.

O’Connell is renowned as one of the most influential leaders the game has ever seen, having also captained Munster and Ireland.

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But his pick to captain the Lions against the Springboks this summer might surprise a lot people…

Speaking to the PA news agency, O’Connell thinks England captain Owen Farrell should be given the role based on his leadership qualities, despite the fact that the playmaker is clearly out of form.

I like Owen Farrell. He’s a real standout leader for me,” O’Connell said.

“With matches being played without crowds, you can hear so much of what the players are saying during games. You can hear Owen barking at his own players and encouraging them.

“A lot of it is about getting off the line and the physical side of the game, but a lot of it is also coaching people into position as well.

“He’s pretty experienced, he’s been on two tours already and he has a big leadership role with England. It wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory for him.

“There are plenty of guys who could do the job, but for me in terms of experience and an appetite to lead, he’s the real standout.

“When you pick a captain or leaders for the Lions tour, it’s about picking guys who are willing to take ownership of what the plan is. Owen is a guy who enjoys leading and enjoys taking ownership. He’s almost coaching.”

What do you think? Would you pick Farrell to skipper the Lions?