Brian O’Driscoll names his Lions XV with a MAJOR surprise

Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has named his preferred XV for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand that begins in June.

In regards to the captaincy, the legend had this to say: “I believe there have been a few players throwing their hat in the ring for Captaincy on the Lions tour.


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“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.”

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 –
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