Wednesday 20 September 2017

Welsh legend backs Conor Murray for Lions captaincy role

Conor Murray of Ireland is congratulated by team mates Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls
Conor Murray of Ireland is congratulated by team mates Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls
David Kelly

David Kelly

Welsh wing legend Shane Williams has added his voice to the growing chorus suggesting that Conor Murray can continue his impressive form and announce himself as Warren Gatland's Lions captain for this summer's tour to New Zealand.

After England's leadership corps faltered haplessly in the face of Italian coach Conor O'Shea's tactics on Sunday, Alun-Wyn Jones succumbed to what Williams labelled a "schoolboy error" during his side's calamitous defeat to Scotland in Cardiff a day earlier.

The Welsh lock is still favourite, but is drifting in the betting, while the Munster man has stormed into contention and is widely regarded as joint third favourite, albeit his national captain, Rory Best, is second favourite.

"Conor would make a good captain," said Williams. "He is in a pivotal position there and playing in great form.

Welsh wing legend Shane Williams. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Welsh wing legend Shane Williams. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"There is the probability of having his best mate Jonathan Sexton playing outside him as well. So he does have captaincy qualities and the Irish forwards will certainly vouch for that.

"It was quite bizarre what happened at the weekend because Alun-Wyn isn't the type of guy that would take that kind of nonsense, especially off an outside-half!

"To be over-ruled like that, and to admit being over-ruled like that, is almost a little bit of a schoolboy error as far as I'm concerned. But he is a great captain.

"Rory Best would be a good captain, he is playing well in the Championship."

Irish Independent

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