Brian O’Driscoll Picks His British & Irish Lions XV
Four-time tourist and former Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll has had a go at picking his British & Irish Lions XV.
The legendary centre is one of the most decorated Lions in history and was the last man to captain a touring side in New Zealand.
It’s hard to argue with his line-up, but a few huge names have missed out. He’s gone for Saracens hooker Jamie George in his front-row and slotted Robbie Henshaw in at outside centre ahead of England’s Jonathan Joseph.
Thomas Pink about the Lions captaincy, Brian O’Driscoll said:
“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.”
Brian O’Driscoll is speaking on behalf of Thomas Pink – Official Outfitter of the British & Irish Lions. Register at www.pinklionrugbyclub.co.uk for exclusive Thomas Pink Lions events.
1. Mako Vunipola – Eng
2. Jamie George – Eng
3. Tadhg Furlong – Ire
4. Alun Wyn Jones – Wal
5. Maro Itoje – Eng
6. CJ Stander – Ire
7. Sam Warburton – Wal
8. Billy Vunipola – Eng
9. Conor Murray – Ire
10. Johnny Sexton – Ire
11. George North – Wal
12. Owen Farrell – Eng
13. Robbie Henshaw – Ire
14. Liam Williams – Wal
15. Stuart Hogg – Scot