No BOD or Best, POC not fully fit, I can't believe that Sexton and Heaslip are being touted in elements of the Irish press as next in line to captain Ireland. Neither are in my mind guaranteed starters.
Cian Healy however is a guaranteed starter. He is also one of Ireland's few world class players currently. He is also a front grunt and I think the most successful teams are lead from the pack (of the captains that have lifted the Rugby World Cup only two weren't forwards, being David Kirk and Nick Farr-Jones, both scrum halves).
Before you point out that BOD isn't a forward and is a great captain, I agree with you. However BOD is an exception to the rule (or indeed generalisation). When I have raised this previously contributors have pointed out that Healy is a tearaway (or something less complimentary). Maybe he is, but he seems intelligent enough to mature into the role and I think, with all due respect to our own D. Kilcoyne, will be around for a good long while. There are not many in the current Ireland squad about whom I could currently make that statement.
Feel free to criticise the above view, let the debate begin . . . .