RE: Jean's captaincy role extended
June 20, 2012, 14:40:02
Look, I like Jean, and rate him as a player, but he is no Brian O Driscoll. BoD is just in another class, and as a result, now in his "old" age he is only as good as your run of the mill international centre, which is still better than the next best Irishman. Anyway, that is another discussion on its own. I just don't want a John Smit type situation, where we have better players in a given position, that are being kept on the bench by a player who is past his best. I think they should be looking at young uber talents for the long term, Bizzie, Hougard, Goosen etc....and yes I know some of them are too young, but in my opinion, you want a player that is the out and out best in his position, so that there is no doubt that he won't keep a better player benched, just because he is captain. In other words, McCaw, O'Driscoll, Warburton (I think that is the name of the new young Welsh captain) etc, all Captains, but because they are special players, they would start for their respective teams, regardless of their captain status. That way you avoid the conflict of interest we had with Smit vs Bizzie. And Warburton, young as he is, is a very good captain, and Wales are looking better under him than they have for a long long time.