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Irishman Peter O'Mahony captains Warren Gatland's side in Rotorua

If rugby captaincy was a video game, Peter O'Mahony would have now completed it. When put to him that the Lions leadership means he's skippered every team he's ever been a part of, his response was: "Yep, pretty much".

He leads the tourists into battle against the Maori, and Warren Gatland has said that the job is up for grabs if he plays well.

There are no guarantees that Sam Warburton will be restored to the starting XV next week, nor that Alun Wyn Jones will be either; the door is open for O'Mahony to take his shot.

It's some situation for a man who found himself out of favour at Ireland all season as a result of ill-timed injuries. The coach likes the 'Munster mongrel' in O'Mahony, who will not be altering his normal determined leadership style for this one.

"You're playing with some of the best players in the world and the 40 guys here don't need to be screamed and roared at before a game," he said.

"They know the craic, they know what they need to do. You might have two minutes, a minute before you go out on the pitch, but that'll be it. These guys are the ultimate professionals, the big thing for me and the lads is to worry about our performances personally and then obviously the collective is the biggest part."

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