Paul O’Connell has long been known for his inspirational words. Having toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2005, 2009 & 2013 – O’Connell has always one of the main voices on and off the pitch.
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Paul O’Connell picks his five nailed-on Lions, including surprise captain
5. Maro Itoje (England)
- Age: 26
- Club: Saracens
- Position: Second-row/Blindside-flanker
O’Connell said: “He is obviously a world-class athlete, he is a phenomenal second-row forward. I like watching him play. I’m surprised he doesn’t give away more penalties than he does but he is always pushing the limits around the ruck, around the offside line. Brilliant at collapsing mauls, brilliant at stopping teams mauling.”
DID YOU KNOW? So far in his rugby career, he has won four English Premiership titles with Saracens, three European Rugby Champions Cup titles, and three Six Nations Championship titles.