Sam Warburton set to skipper British and Irish Lions

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sepulation! Irish pundit are saying maybe Paul O’Connell as captain

Metro

Sam Warburton is set to be unveiled as British & Irish Lions captain and lead the largest Welsh contingent for 36 years.

The Cardiff Blues flanker has already skippered Wales to a World Cup semi-final and a Six Nations Grand Slam.

And, at 24, he would become Wales’ youngest Lions tour skipper and the first since legendary fly-half Phil Bennett took charge for the 1977 New Zealand trip.

Bennett was among 16 Welshmen in that squad and reigning Six Nations champions Wales can realistically expect a 15-man representation in head coach Warren Gatland’s 38-man group for Hong Kong and Australia, when it is announced tomorrow morning.

Former Lions head coach Sir Ian McGeechan believes Warburton will land the most coveted playing role northern-hemisphere rugby can offer.

‘I think he would be Warren’s favourite,’ said McGeechan. ‘You need someone you feel you know well. That is the obvious combination.

‘It’s a…

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