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O’Driscoll edged out as O’Connell will lead the Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news on 21 Apr 2009 at 08:05
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Paul O’Connell will be confirmed as Lions captain for the summer tour to South Africa at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Duncan Bech writes for PA Sport O’Connell arrived in London on Monday night after edging Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning captain Brian O’Driscoll in the race for the most prestigious job in British and Irish rugby.

The 29-year-old refused to answer questions upon touching down at Heathrow but will be presented to the media on Tuesday afternoon once the squad has been announced.

Becoming the 10th Irishman to lead a Lions tour, he follows in the footsteps of England’s Martin Johnson who was selected to captain the 1997 trip to South Africa despite not being national skipper at the time.

An aggressive ball-carrier and accomplished line-out operator, O’Connell is Europe’s most feared second row with his style inviting comparisons with Johnson.

He has led Ireland on four occasions, each time deputising for O’Driscoll, and was at the helm when Munster were crowned Heineken Cup champions last year.

O’Driscoll was heavily backed to reclaim the role he filled in New Zealand four years ago following a blockbusting RBS 6 Nations.

But a crucial insight into the way head coach Ian McGeechan was thinking was provided by his former Scotland coaching colleague and Lions legend Jim Telfer.

“Ian will go with O’Connell. O’Driscoll is an inspirational player, an outstanding player,” said Telfer

“But when I watch Ireland it looks to me as though O’Connell and (Ronan) O’Gara run the team.

“O’Driscoll doesn’t come across in the media as a hard b*****d. I know he does in the games, you couldn’t question that, but in public he’s very easy going.

“You want somebody to sit there grim-faced and mean. That’s what Johnson did.”

Any competition for the position outside of O’Driscoll has evaporated in recent weeks, Wales skipper Ryan Jones suffering a collapse in form that now even threatens his place in the squad.


  • 14:30 SA time will see the rest of the squad announced.

    I will be doing posting it live as announced.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.09 08:12:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Just over an hour left for the announcement of the squad, let me go to that “meeting” of mine.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.09 13:20:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Oh yes that one I have one as well 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.09 13:35:12 by Whindy Reply
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  • The tention is killing me

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.09 13:56:17 by Rahul Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :

    Now WHY would we want to discuss it with them if we can do it here on Sharksworld?????????? 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.09 14:12:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • IPL commentator “He was looking for SIX……………..He got six less than that” 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.09 14:14:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Manager is giving a speech first. 😕

    GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.09 14:33:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Announcement live on SS1 right now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.04.09 14:34:22 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : hahahahahahaha

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.04.09 14:38:49 by Rahul Reply

  • Backs

    Lee Byrne
    Rob Kearney
    Shane Williams
    Leigh Halfpenney
    Ugo Monye
    Luke Fitzgerald
    Tommy Bowe
    Tom Shanklin
    Jamie Roberts
    Brian O’Driscoll
    Keith Earls
    Riki Flutey
    Ronan O’Gara
    Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips
    Harry Ellis
    Tomas O’Leary


    Jamie Heaslip
    Andy Powell
    David Wallace
    Stephen Ferris
    Alan Quinlan
    Joe Worsley
    Martyn Williams
    Alun-Wyn Jones
    Paul O’Connell
    Donncha O’Callaghan
    Simon Shaw, Nathan Hines
    Gethin Jenkins
    Adam Jones
    Andrew Sheridan
    Phil Vickery
    Euan Murray
    Jerry Flannery
    Lee Mears
    Matthew Rees.

    Captain: Paul O’Connel

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.04.09 14:39:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • McGeechan: “This is still, I believe, the greatest challenge of any rugby player.”

    I think he means any non-Trination rugby player…. 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.04.09 14:40:07 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :
    Captain: ?

    Huh, you have checked the title of this thread, no? 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.04.09 14:41:45 by Ollie Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    Fixed while I was typing

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.04.09 14:42:19 by Ollie Reply

  • What about Jones??????

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.04.09 14:43:31 by Rahul Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 14) : Not fair…. they make us look stupid! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.04.09 14:44:50 by Rahul Reply

  • New thread for this up

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.04.09 14:45:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Always maintained that McGeecham is the Lions I fear the most.

    The aPPointment of O’CoNNeLL confirms that fEEling

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.04.09 14:45:44 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • only 3 Joneses 😯

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.04.09 14:50:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : I’m fairly sure that meets their minimum quota policy… 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.04.09 15:09:25 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.04.09 15:12:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 18) :

    You missed the EE in McGeechan 😉 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.04.09 15:49:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Orakeleze aint faultleSS….

    but it sEEms I miSSed the n as weLL

    No maTTer how his surname is spelt – that oke gives me the ruGGacrEEpers!

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.04.09 15:54:52 by Oranje Orakel Reply


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