England and Lions legend Jeremy Guscott has made his prediction to who will start openside when the tourists meet the All Blacks in their first Test of the series next Saturday.
“I don’t think the Lions’ tour captain Sam Warburton will start, he may be on the bench,” wrote Guscott for the BBC.
“That’s because Sean O’Brien had such a big game and it would be a strange selection if he didn’t continue at open-side flanker.
“Blind-side flanker Peter O’Mahony, who captained the Lions on Saturday, is one of those guys who can inspire the team by doing the basics very well.
“The French call it a ‘spirit’, the Kiwis and Maoris call it ‘Mana’. It’s a will, a mental capacity, to make his body do things that the normal person would struggle to do.
“He is naturally brave and players like O’Mahony do a lot of work that isn’t Hollywood.”