Lions legend Sean O’Brien has revealed who he thinks has the right stuff to lead the tourists in South Africa next year.
“If I was picking today i’d probably pick Maro Itoje to be honest,” revealed O’Brien.
“He’s fit, he’s vocal, he doesn’t talk much rubbish or anything like that, he’s a leader in terms of his actions and I think he’d physically be one of the most dominant players in that squad.
“You need a hardnose, no nonsense guy when you go to South Africa so he’s my pick at the minute.
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We also get Sean’s memories of two Lions tours in 2013 and 2017, where he scored one of the most memorable tries in Test-match history.
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Fullback: JPR Williams (Wales)
“In attack, JPR was to be seen either working in tandem with his wing three-quarters or terrifying defensive lines. He was also a towering figure in defence, safe as houses under a high ball and with a penchant for demolishing attackers.”
Wing: Gerald Davies (Wales)
“I have so many fond memories of seeing him taking on opponents – often with a swagger which very few have the right to exhibit. He wove, he probed, he varied his angles of running and was always in position to counter attack from deep in tandem with his full-back.”
Centre: Jeremy Guscott (England)
“Jerry restored fans’ faith in the aesthetic and artistic qualities of the game. I always appreciated his effortless style. Opponents were unable to predict whether he was going to run, pass or kick. Everything he did was instinctive and this made him a very difficult player to read.”
Centre: Mike Gibson (Ireland)
“Mike Gibson was the complete footballer, ‘phenomenal’ according to The New Zealand Rugby Annual. In an interview, Brian O’Driscoll paid a sincere tribute to one of Irish rugby’s greatest ever players: ‘At times when Irish rugby wasn’t successful, he was always the shining light.”
Winger: JJ Williams (Wales)
““His combination of electrifying speed and breathtaking audacity disarmed organised defences on the Lions tour of South Africa in 1974. In an interview, Brian O’Driscoll paid a sincere tribute to one of Irish rugby’s greatest ever players: ‘At times when Irish rugby wasn’t successful, he was always the shining light.”