Since the first ball of the domestic season was kicked or passed, we have been putting together our British & Irish Lions team of the week. It is a week-on-week chart of where each Lions hopeful’s form lies.
Ahead of Wednesday’s Lions team announcement, we have tallied up each XV to see which players have featured the most so far to produce a starting 15 based solely on form this season.
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15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
The Glasgow Warriors fullback has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season and should be included in the Lions’ squad.
14. Elliot Daly (England)
With Daly, versatility is king, as is his ability to knock over penalties from inside his own half. He has impressed for club and country this season.
13. Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
Ringrose could gate-crash the squad on Wednesday as the bolter after a superb campaign for Leinster and Ireland.
12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Arguably the in-form inside centre in northern hemisphere rugby and should feature in Wednesday’s squad.
11. Chris Ashton (England)
Ashton’s form has caught the eye recently and his try-scoring ability could force his way into the reckoning.
10. Owen Farrell (England)
He was suggested as a possible Lions captain at stages throughout the season but is a dead cert to be included in the squad.
9. Conor Murray (Ireland) / Rhys Webb (Wales)
The battle for scrum-half should be fascinating with Murray and Webb locked on the same number of times they have featured in our team of the week.
Ireland captain Rory Best, left, and CJ Stander at a captain’s run Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images
1. Mako Vunipola (England)
Mako has established himself as one of the world’s most destructive loose-heads but he is also outstanding in the loose.
2. Rory Best (Ireland)
Best is likely to miss out on the Lions captaincy to Sam Warburton but his leadership skills will be invaluable in New Zealand.
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
Furlong will likely travel to New Zealand as the Lions’ first-choice tight-head after a strong campaign for Leinster and Ireland.
4. Maro Itoje (England)
Itoje can cover both the locks and blindside and will be hopeful of a Test spot against the All Blacks.
5. Joe Launchbury (England)
Launchbury was superb for England in the Six Nations and could force his way into the starting 15 in New Zealand.
6. CJ Stander (Ireland)
Stander can also play at No.8 and has been one of the form back-rows this season for Munster and Ireland.
7. Sam Warburton (Wales)
Warburton is odds-on to be named Lions captain on Wednesday and has the form to back up the honour.
8. Billy Vunipola (England)
Like his brother Mako, Billy has emerged as one of the world’s best forwards and will cause the All Blacks all sorts of trouble.
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