Peter O’Mahony On How He Found Out We Was To Captain The Lions & What It Means

Warren Gatland named his Lions team in the early hours of this morning, with Peter O’Mahony set to captain the side.

The Munster captain was hugely impressive in the win over the Crusaders, with Gatland admitting it was impossible to ignore that victory when selecting his team to face the Maori All Blacks this weekend.

O’Mahony spoke to the media following the team announcement, revealing that Gatland simply gave him a nod at breakfast and that was that. O’Mahony says this weekend is about doing the jersey ‘justice.’

“To be picked for the Lions at all is a massive honour, and then to get the nod from Warren to be captain is hugely special, not just for me but for all the clubs and players and family that have put their effort into me,” he added.
“He (Gatland) just gave me a nod at breakfast and fired it at me and obviously I said I was delighted to (captain) and that was the end of it really!
“We are just getting to know each other, we have got to make the games count ad I think they are starting to come now.
“We have to do the jersey justice, not just for yourself, but for everything that the Lions stands for.”

Here’s the Lions team that will take the field on Saturday in case you missed it.

British & Irish Lions Team

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Davies
12. Ben Te’o
11. George North
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Mako Vunipola
2. Jamie George
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Maro Itoje
5. George Kruis
6. Peter O’Mahony (capt)
7. Sean O’Brien
8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements:
16. Ken Owens
17. Jack McGrath
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. Iain Henderson
20. Sam Warburton
21. Greig Laidlaw
22. Owen Farrell
23. Elliot Daly

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Jason Hennessy

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