On Tuesday it was announced that Brian O’Driscoll had stepped aside as Leinster captain and that Leo Cullen will take over as the province’s skipper.
Given this and the comments Declan Kidney made earlier this month, it seemed a similar announcement re the Irish captaincy was imminent. But in an interview with Gerry Thornley, published yesterday, Leinster coach Michael Cheika strongly implied that Drico still wants the Irish armband. He even suggests the job will probably remain Brian’s.
Still, I really can’t see Deccie not installing Paul O’Connell as the national captain. If BOD still wants the captaincy, it will be taken from him.
Then, in a neat parallel with the US Democratic Party’s primary season, he can fight for the captaincy until it becomes painfully obvious it is beyond his reach, fester a bit and then pull himself together and show up at the last pre-season training camp to deliver a rousing call for unity and urge all his followers (Leinsterites presumably) to row in behind POC against the common enemy.
And you thought Paul O’Connell and Barack Obama had nothing in common! Incidentally the McCain role will be played by the Argies.