Declan Kidney will again wait until the eve of the Autumn internationals before announcing his captain for the coming season.
The Ireland rugby head coach did the same last year before announcing that Brian O’Driscoll would captain the side through the November internationals.
“We’ll do the same as we did last year with regard to the captaincy and wait until before the November games,” said Kidney in Limerick yesterday.
“We’ll talk to Brian about it — it has been documented he got laser surgery about two weeks ago – and the way we handled it last year worked well for us.
“And we are not stuck for choices. We have last year’s Six Nations Grand Slam captain, the Lions captain, two Lions co-captains, a Heineken Cup winning captain and a Magners winning captain!”
Kidney was meeting his players for the second time since the Grand Slam win but was welcoming the Lions players back into the fold for the first time since their travels in South Africa.
Despite the conflicting experiences of players on that tour Kidney has no worries about their mental well-being.
“These guys are all good pros, they know how to get on from the last game, be it a Heineken Cup win or a Magners loss.”