Friday, May 08, 2009
The British & Irish Lions set sail for South Africa later this month as they take on the World Champions for the first time since winning the series there in 1997.
Munster's powerful leader Paul O'Connell is the man who has been handed the task of bringing together the four countries as they look to improve on their disastrous last tour in 2005.
While O'Connell was most people's choice, many others have said that the inspirational Brian O'Driscoll should have been given the honour of being at the helm.
Both are undisputed leaders, but each have different leadership styles that on any given day can bring the best out of even an average side.
Taking on the Springboks in South Africa though requires a physical presence that must come from the forwards, which is why O'Connell would have gotten the nod.
As we see in this great video, a captain doesn't need to be the loud and brash type though. Some of the greatest leaders have had the quietness and calmness required to fulfil the job.
Are you happy with O'Connell as your Lions leader? Or do many still feel that BOD should have been bestowed with the honour? Either way, the Lions are in good hands when they're so spoilt for choice.