Ireland legend Paul O’Connell is a veteran of three Lions tours with the pinnacle coming in 2009 when skippering the expedition to South Africa.
He regularly appears on television and radio and is actively followed on social media platforms. His is an authentic and authoritative voice that engenders respect and genuine engagement across many audiences.
The 40-year-old revealed that his British & Irish Lions XV changes almost daily, but these five are who he thinks will almost certainly start in 2021.
1. Owen Farrell (England)
“He has that kind of abrasive attitude as well and is very experienced as well in terms of taking on southern hemisphere teams, beating southern hemisphere teams. He obviously had that tough experience as well with South Africa in the World Cup so, as we are talking here, he springs to mind.”