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O’Mahony captains Lions in first Test vs New Zealand

Munster and Ireland back row Peter O’Mahony has been handed the captains armband by Warren Gatland for the British and Irish Lions first test against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

The 27 year old Cork native captained the Lions to a 32-10 victory over the Maori All Blacks last Saturday and keeps Tour captain Sam Warburton of Cardiff Blues and Wales on the bench.

The news came as Warren Gatland released his Starting XV on Wednesday evening which includes Tadgh Furlong, Conor Murray and Seán O’Brien.

British and Irish Lions:
15Liam Williams, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Ben Te’o, 11. Elliot Daly, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Conor Murray, 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Tadgh Furlong, 4. Alun Wyn Jones, 5. George Kruis, 6. Peter O’Mahony (c), 7. Seán O’Brien, 8. Taulupe Faletau

16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 Leigh Halfpenny

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