1 May 2013

Former Welsh player doubts countryman is right Lions captain

12:22 pm on 1 May 2013

The former Wales first-five-eighth Gareth Davies doesn't believe countryman Sam Warburton's the right player to captain the British and Irish Lions on their tour to Australia.

Warburton, on his first Lions tour, will become Wales' youngest Lions tour skipper and the first since Phil Bennett took charge for the 1977 New Zealand tour.

But Davies, a member of the 1980 Lions tour to South Africa, says he'd have picked former Lions captain and Ireland lock Paul O'Connell.

Davies says Warburton will have enough to deal with simply securing his test place rather than having to also take on the captaincy responsibilities.

He says coach Warren Gatland will need a strong leader and believes an old head like O'Connell is capable of bringing together countries from the four different nations involved in the side.