Lions team of the week

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The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarterfinals offered players another chance to showcase their talents to British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland. Here we pick the standout performers from another eventful weekend of European rugby.


Leinster’s Joey Carbery in action against Kearnan Myall, left, Thomas Young of Wasps.¬†Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

15. Joey Carbery (Leinster)

The fullback was outstanding against Wasps and caused all sorts of havoc with ball in hand.

14. Anthony Watson (Bath)

Watson spent the majority of the 80 minutes running at the Brive defence and illustrated why he is such a potent attacking force.

13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster)

Ringrose outplayed his opposite number Elliot Daly and is in the right form to force his way into the Lions reckoning.

12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

Henshaw continually punched holes in Wasps’ defence and looks certain to tour with the Lions.

11. Chris Ashton (Saracens)

Ashton says his wife has more chance of travelling on the Lions tour to New Zealand than he does, but his brace of tries against Glasgow will have aided his cause.

10. Owen Farrell (Saracens)

Farrell can safely book his place on the Lions’ plane to New Zealand and was Man of the Match against Glasgow.

9. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

Wigglesworth has been overlooked by England but is still one of the most consistent performers in the Premiership.


Bath’s Taulupe Faletau tackled by Brive’s Takudzwa Ngwenya and Poutasi Luafutu.¬†Dan Mullan/Getty Images

1. Jack McGrath (Leinster)

Wasps’ front-row has been sturdy all season but McGrath caused them all sorts of difficulty on Saturday in the Champions Cup quarterfinal.

2. Richard Hibbard (Gloucester)

Hibbard is out of the Wales picture but is playing some superb rugby and was brilliant against the Cardiff Blues.

3. John Ryan (Munster)

Tight-head is an area where Gatland may yet spring a surprise and Ryan’s showing against Toulouse would have aided his chances.

4. Donnacha Ryan (Munster)

Ryan continues to defy Old Father Time with his barnstorming performances in the second-row and was again superb against Toulouse.

5. Devin Toner (Leinster) Toner was brilliant in the set piece against Wasps and was central in their triumph.

6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster)

O’Mahony backed up his performance against England with another brilliant all-court effort against Toulouse. He has a real chance of being on the plane to New Zealand.

7. Sean O’Brien (Leinster)

O’Brien was everywhere against Wasps and is looking primed for a spot in the Lions’ squad.

8. Taulupe Faletau (Bath)

The real Faletau stood up against Bath and put in his finest performance this season to showcase his Lions credentials.

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