Peter O’Mahony may lead Lions in first Test against All Blacks

• Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones struggling to make starting XV
• Ireland flanker has captaincy experience with province and country

Peter O’Mahony is fast emerging as the surprise frontrunner to lead the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand. The Irish back-row forward captained the touring side to victory over the NZ Maori last weekend and the management say they have no qualms about him leading the Lions out at Eden Park.

O’Mahony’s name is in the frame because Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones, both previous Lions Test captains, are struggling to make the starting XV. The other two midweek Lions captains on this tour, Ken Owens and Rory Best, have also been overtaken at hooker by Jamie George, leaving O’Mahony and Owen Farrell as the next two realistic candidates for the role.

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