We look at the current favourites for the role

We know the full squad will be named on 6 May and we now know who Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching team are. But fans also just want to know: who will be British & Irish Lions captain 2021?

A few key names have been thrown around in recent months and as the Six Nations drew to a conclussion, the names most talked about began to narrow. So we thought it would be good to tell you which stars are currently the favourites to lead the Lions against the Springboks this summer.

British & Irish Lions captain 2021

According to bookmaker Sporting Index, these are the top five runners and riders to captain Warren Gatland’s side.

Three of the names here are their nations’ regular captains, while two of the names here – both locks – are seen as the new guard of team leaders.

Alun Wyn Jones


Maro Itoje


Owen Farrell


James Ryan


Stuart Hogg


Alun Wyn Jones is out in front, edging ahead of Maro Itoje who has fallen in the standings somewhat after falling foul of the referee in England’s recent loss to Wales.

Also in the top five is England captain Owen Farrell, Ireland lock James Ryan and Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg.

Interestingly, the captain from the last tour to South Africa in 2009 has made an interesting call on the team leadership, as Paul O’Connell backs Owen Farrell as Lions captain. If this was the case, it would be the first Lions tour to South Africa since 1974 where the captain wasn’t a second-row.

Who would you want to see leading the Lions against the Boks? Let us know by emailing rugbyworldletters@futurenet.com or get in touch via social media.

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