Ian McGeechan backing Sam Warburton for British & Irish Lions captaincy

Last Updated: 30/04/13 11:14am

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Four-time British and Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan is tipping Sam Warburton to be named captain for the tour of Australia this summer.

Current coach Warren Gatland reveals his squad at 11.00am on Tuesday as the Lions aim to win their first tour for 16 years.

Warburton became the youngest ever World Cup captain when Gatland named him as Wales skipper for the opening match of the 2011 tournament - and McGeechan believes Gatland will again turn to the Cardiff Blues flanker, but only after careful deliberation.

"In 2009, we had a our last selection meeting the day before the announcement," McGeechan told Sky Sports News. "Then we slept on it and on the morning before the actual announcement we sat down again just to make sure we were all happy with our choices.

"The only caveat regarding Warburton is that there were rumours that he didn't want the Welsh captaincy postion and the Lions position is obviously a much greater responsibility."
Ian McGeechan

"The captain has to have the respct of his peers and has to be at the forefront of the squad but in the end it is often a personal choice; who the coach wants to be talking to on a daily basis who he has a good relationship with.

"The only caveat regarding Warburton is that there were rumours that he didn't want the Welsh captaincy postion and the Lions position is obviously a much greater responsibility.

"As a player you want to be part of that tradition and part of what it is all about. When you are playing it is the biggest jersey you can wear."

Don't forget you can see every match from the Lions' summer tour live on Sky Sports - kicking off with the game against the Barbarians on 1 June.

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