We are at the halfway mark in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12 seasons and based on the form of the players over the festive period, here’s our British & Irish Lions team of the week.
15. Simon Zebo — The Ireland back was in fantastic form once again for Munster as his try helped the PRO12 leaders defeat rivals Leinster at Thomond Park.
14. Christian Wade — The Wasps winger scored a breathtaking hat-trick against Bath leading to calls from Dai Young for him to be given international recognition.
13. Stuart McCloskey — The Ulster centre is on the Ireland radar and his performance in their win over Connacht will aid his claims.
12. Alex Dunbar — Dunbar scored a key try as Glasgow defeated rivals Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
11. Tom Varndell — Varndell’s hat-trick against Worcester was an education in lethal finishing.
10. Steve Shingler — Shingler was in inspired form for the Cardiff Blues as they saw off the Dragons on Boxing Day.
9. Conor Murray — The Ireland scrum-half was at his effective and industrious best as Munster beat Leinster.
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1. Joe Marler — A solid performance from the Harlequins loose-head as he caused the Gloucester front-row all sorts of trouble.
2. Kristian Dacey — Cardiff Blues’ set piece was solid against the Dragons with Dacey accurate and effective.
3. Zander Fagerson — Glasgow’s front-row got the better of their Edinburgh counterparts with Fagerson key.
4. Jonny Gray — Gray is in remarkable form and his claims for a British & Irish Lions jersey will be hard for Warren Gatland to ignore.
5. Iain Henderson — The versatile forward is looking more and more likely to be featuring in New Zealand next June.
6. Sam Warburton — The Wales back-row was back to his best for the Blues against the Dragons.
7. Thomas Young — Wasps’ uncapped flanker could have been named Man of the Match for his role in their commanding win over Bath.
8. CJ Stander — The Munster back-row was at his brilliant best against Leinster and is showing form worthy of a prospective Lion.
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