England boss Eddie Jones was at the Advertising Week Europe business event in London this week and he told BT Sport that he believes Gatland should take four captains on the tour later this year.
Gatland has said that at the moment, there is six names in contention for captaincy for this years tour; England skipper Dylan Hartley, Rory Best, Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones and Greig Laidlaw being the main names. Jones said that “I would take those four captains and make that the leadership group, then after the warm-up games, whoever was the leading player I would make captain for the first Test…”
Eddie’s views are clear, as it seems he would make up his captaincy choices from the best option from each nation; allowing him to get the most out of every player from each nation.
Throughout the options for skipper there is quality and experience, but Gatland has said that; “…whoever the captain is going to be there’ll be no guarantee he plays in the Tests…” which will definitely be motivation to stay on top form for the possible lions captains. The Kiwi further went on to say; “His form has to be good enough. I think whoever that person is has to rise to that…”
With the Lions boss’ traditional views on how the captain has to be, it will bring a quality competition between the Nations’ top leaders, and it will hopefully bring a successful tour of New Zealand for the British and Irish Lions.
Who would you choose to lead the Lions in the battle this Summer?