Three-time Lions vacationer Paul O’Connell evaluates captaincy benefits of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell on The Will Greenwood Podcast. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Paul O’Connell says the British and Irish Lions need a rough and angry skipper for their 2021 visit to South Africa. O’Connell went on three Lions visits, in 2005, 2009, and 2013, captaining the 2009 visit to South Africa where they lost the arrangement 2-1.

“When you go to South Africa, you certainly need someone confrontational because that is their DNA,” explained O’Connell on┬áThe Will Greenwood Podcast.

British and Irish Lions captain must be aggressive to take on Springboks, says Paul O'Connell
British and Irish Lions captain must be aggressive to take on Springboks, says Paul O’Connell

You must have a strategy to beat South Africa, to get around them, and to attempt to deceive them however you positively need to take them on also.

“In the scrum, in the maul – because if they begin to get on top of you in the confrontational areas, then the belief begins to grow as we saw in the World Cup final against England.”

A name bandied around in the press as a potential captain is England lock Maro Itoje. He is yet to captain England however could follow in the strides of Martin Johnson, who broadly skippered the Lions before he captained England – driving them to an arrangement win against the Springboks in 1997.

“[Itoje] is certainly the type of player you want playing against South Africa,” added O’Connell.

He is a world-class competitor and a remarkable second column forward and I like watching him play. He is continually pushing the cutoff points and I am amazed he doesn’t part with a greater number of punishments than he does.

Paul O'Connell evaluates captaincy benefits of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell on The Will Greenwood Podcast
Paul O’Connell evaluates captaincy benefits of Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell on The Will Greenwood Podcast

He is continually pushing at the rucks, around the offside line and is splendid at falling hammers. He is a genuine delight to watch from that regard. But I don’t have the foggiest idea what he resembles in the changing area, what he resembles as far as initiative and driving a gathering of men.

I know many individuals feel that you need a subsequent rower or a first-line forward captaining the side when you take on SA, yet a player like Owen Farrell has that grating mentality too.

“He is also very experienced now in terms of taking on SH teams and beating them. He has also had that tough experience against SA in the World Cup, so he is someone who springs to mind.”

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