Ian McGeeham was writing in his weekly column in The Telegraph and called for the former Munster and Irish Lock Paul O’Connell to be added to the Lions coaching ticket over Andy Farrell.
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“If there was one Ireland coach I would be looking at bringing in, it would not be Farrell. It would be Paul O’Connell.
The lineout is the one area in which the Lions have no specialist coach and O’Connell is a master operator. We saw in the most recent Six Nations the impact he has already had on Ireland’s lineout.
And while the Lions have very experienced operators in Alun Wyn Jones and Maro Itoje, and while Robin McBryde can do a job, there is no doubt in my mind that O’Connell would add a huge amount.
Paul knows what the Lions are all about. He has been on three tours as a player, was a wonderful captain in 2009 and if there was one coach I’d look to parachute in mid-tour it would be him.”