Paul O'Connell to be named Lions captain

Ireland lock Paul O'Connell looks set to be named captain of the British and Irish Lions on April 21st. The Munster forward was outstanding during Ireland's Six Nations campaign and according to reports in the Irish press Ian McGeechan will choose O'Connell as skipper ahead of his Ireland teammate Brian O'Driscoll.

The Ireland captain was named as the Six Nations player of the tournament yesterday and is sure to be on the plane to South Africa, but it now looks like he won't captain the Lions for the second time. Bookmakers are reported to have stopped taking bets on the captaincy with O'Connell the clear favourite.

Debate will now turn to which 35 players should make the squad for the summer tour and three test series against the World Champions South Africa.

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