The former Munster, Irish and Lions captain Paul O’Connell was talking to PA Media and he believes that Englishman Owen Farrell should be the captain for the Lions against the Springboks.
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“I like Owen Farrell. He’s a real standout leader for me. With matches being played without crowds, you can hear so much of what the players are saying during games,” O’Connell explained.
“You can hear Owen barking at his own players and encouraging them. A lot of it is about getting off the line and the physical side of the game, but a lot of it is also coaching people into position as well.
“He’s pretty experienced, he’s been on two tours already and he has a big leadership role with England. It wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory for him.
“There are plenty of guys who could do the job, but for me in terms of experience and an appetite to lead, he’s the real standout.”