Jeremy Guscott: 'Sam Warburton not ready to captain Lions'

Wales's Sam Warburton is tackled
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Former England centre Jeremy Guscott does not believe that Sam Warburton is ready to be captain of the British and Irish Lions.

Jeremy Guscott has said that Sam Warburton is not the right man to be named captain for the British and Irish Lions' tour later this year.

The Wales flanker is favourite to be named as skipper when Warren Gatland makes the announcement on Tuesday.

The former England centre told Sport Wales: "Personally, I just don't think Sam's ready to be captain of the Lions. He's proved beyond doubt that he can captain Wales, winning the Grand Slam.

"But if the rumours are true that he turned down the captaincy in the last campaign, then that puts a massive doubt over his selection as Lions captain. I think that would be dangerous.

"If the Welsh squad players know that he turned that down, and we're only speculating at the moment, then I think it would be even difficult for them to swallow."

The tour of Australia takes place during June and July.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland after a match on November 24, 2012
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