Conor Murray has capacity to spark fearlessness in his squad as Lions captain

Irish scrumhalf is a player who can define what kind of leader he wants to be on tour

Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A previous trend in picking Lions captains has been to anoint players who have captained their country on a regular basis. Ireland’s Conor Murray bucks that trend.

Sam Warburton was twice captain in 2013 and 2017 until Peter O’Mahony took over in the first Test against New Zealand on the latter tour. The flanker, who had already captained Ireland and Munster, deputised for the injured Warburton at Eden Park. Alun Wyn Jones also stepped in in 2013 for the injured Warburton in the decisive third test against Australia.

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