Itoje emerges as a possible British Lions captain for SA tour

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Itoje emerges as a possible British Lions captain for SA tour

Lions coach Warren Gatland has a lot to ponder before he names his 36-man squad on Friday

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland will name his 36-man squad on Friday for a tour to SA like no other.

The ravages of the pandemic ensure it cannot be a jamboree. On the field too it might be a tour with a difference, especially if Gatland opts to hand England’s Maro Itoje the captain’s armband.

All Lions tours to SA before 1997 were to a segregated country and the symbolism of Itoje and Siya Kolisi leading out their sides wpould be hard to ignore. Sam Warburton, who captained the Lions on their last two tours, has backed Itoje as the man for the job. Some, like former England captain Dylan Hartley, argue Itoje doesn’t even captain his country and that the honour should go to England’s Owen Farrell...

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