British & Irish Lions: England's Eddie Jones suggests RADICAL plan for Lions captaincy

British & Irish Lions: England’s Eddie Jones suggests RADICAL plan for Lions captaincy

  • Eddie Jones says the British and Irish Lions should name four captains
  • Warren Gatland has said “half-a-dozen players are in contention”
  • Jones suggested Gatland should select as skipper from each national team
England head coach Eddie Jones has a unique solution to the question of who should captain the British & Irish Lions on the tour of world champions New Zealand this year.

Several names are in the frame to be given the leading role by Lions coach Warren Gatland, including England skipper Dylan Hartley and Ireland’s fellow hooker Rory Best.

However, according to the latest odds, Sam Warburton and Owen Farrell currently lead the charge to lead the tourists.

But Jones said that such was the enormity of the 10-match tour, which features three tests, that a new approach should be tried.


“I would take those four captains and make that the leadership group,” Jones said.

“Then after the warm-up games, whoever was the leading player I would make captain for the first Test.

“You look at the last Lions tour and Sam Warburton captained the first two and Alun Wyn Jones captained the third, so I think you can separate it.

“It would be different but I would reckon you would get a great result, with those four captains running the team for you and making sure they set the standards on and off the field.”

Gatland will announce his Lions squad on April 19 and he also told Sky Sports News HQ.
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