The question on many minds now after Rory Best has hung up the jersey will be who will Andy Farrell announce as the next captain of the Ireland men’s rugby team. Does he go for one of the more experienced players or does he go for one of the young players thinking ahead for the next two World Cups or so?
I would go with a young player someone like James Ryan for instance who is only 22 years of age. He is an incredible role model to all young players on how he plays the game, to be honest I have never seen him play a bad game and he always give 100% and inspires other around him. If your looking for experience well then their is of course Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton.
The odds have been released and according to them Johnny Sexton is odds on at 4/6 to captain Ireland into the Six Nations in February. Munster’s Peter O’Mahony a natural leader and Munster captain is next in the betting at 11/4. James Ryan has been installed at odds of 5/1 to captain the team and he is followed by CJ Stander at 8/1, Conor Murray at 16/1, and Wexford’s Tadgh Furlong at 25/1.
Looking at that you would think Sexton has the captaincy as bookies very rarely get these type of things wrong. However, O’Mahony as previously said is a natural leader on and off the field and conducts himself really well in pre and post match interviews. So he would be my pick going into the Six Nations.
(Odds taken from Paddy Power website)