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Warburton benched, O'Mahony leads Lions

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Warren Gatland (Getty)
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Auckland - British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has backed his newly anointed Test captain Peter O'Mahony to inspire a "courageous" first Test performance and attack the All Blacks in their own backyard.

O'Mahony was handed leadership duties for Saturday's clash at the All Blacks' fortress of Eden Park despite only skippering Ireland three times, relegating tour captain Sam Warburton to the bench.

The injury-hit Warburton has struggled for form in warm-up matches, while O'Mahony's commitment was impressive as he captained the Lions to a 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks last week.

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