O’Driscoll backing Warburton for Lions captaincy

Date published: April 4 2017

Brian O’Driscoll is vouching for Wales international Sam Warburton to lead the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand in June and July.

The Cardiff Blues number seven Warburton captained the Lions in Australia four years ago when they won 2-1.

Former Ireland and Lions captain O’Driscoll, who played in four Lions tours and was captain the last time they played in New Zealand, firmly believes he is the right man to lead the team.

“All fingers point to Sam Warburton,” O’Driscoll told the BBC.

“Gatland is a big fan, he knows what sort of captain he is. He’s going to be the man.

“The experience of doing it once before, and how he is currently playing and the high esteem he is held in, I think they all feature heavily in him being another good selection.

“Seven [openside flanker] is one of the more open positions, and I think Warburton will fit in brilliantly there.”

Lions head coach Warren Gatland is set to name his Lions squad on April 19.