It's been reported that pivot Jonathan Sexton has emerged as the favourite to lead Ireland against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday.
With regular skipper Brian O'Driscoll ruled out through injury and lock Paul O'Connell in doubt, Ireland coach Declan Kidney is set to name a new leader for this weekend's Test against the Springboks.
Other potential candidates include Jamie Heaslip, Cian Healy and Keith Earls, however Leinster star Sexton is rumoured to be the front-runner to wear the captain's armband.
Sexton has never captained his province or country but was responsible for rallying his Leinster team-mates in the 2011 Heineken Cup final against Northampton with a stirring half-time speech.
"I think what you always want is a player that the other players will respect, on and off the pitch," Kidney told the Irish Independent.
"A player that they will listen to, that has a good tactical appreciation of what's needed out on the pitch. Usually the captain has to have a relationship with the referee. So there's quite a number of things.
"It's easy to just announce somebody, to ask a guy to carry it. I rarely go up to a guy and say, 'will you just captain the side?' because it is another load on him and first and foremost you want to make sure that he's comfortable with it. We've a few lads that could step in."