We take a look at the home nations star performers from the Rugby World Cup and select who might be in contention for the Lions in 2017.

15.Mike Brown

One of the few England players to come out of the tournament with any credit, Brown was solid at the back and instrumental as a playmaker going forward during the pool stages.

14.Anthony Watson

Another England player to have not done their international reputation any harm. Watson was a constant threat out wide, it’s just a shame he didn’t see more of the ball.

13.Mark Bennett

The Scottish centre was in sublime form helping create chances for the men outside him and keeping the defensive line solid. A definite future star for Scottish rugby.

12.Jamie Roberts

The Welsh centre wasn’t given too many opportunities to show his under-appreciated ball handling skills, but proved to be a rock in defence and provided Wales with momentum.

11.Sean Maitland

With some of the bigger names failing to fire at the World Cup, Maitland slips in after performing well on the wing for Scotland, and can also cover full back.


10.Dan Biggar

The stand out 10 of the World Cup, Biggar was solid in every aspect and proved that Wales don’t need Leigh Halfpenny’s boot to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

9.Greig Laidlaw

Coming into the World Cup Laidlaw came in for some harsh criticism, however he proved the doubters wrong with a series of assured performances in the Scottish nine shirt.

8.Jamie Heaslip

With no number 8 really standing out during the World Cup, Heaslip gets the nod for a series of assured performances, and his experience of captaining Ireland.

7.Sam Warburton

Warburton remains the best home nations openside and was amongst the top ranked players when it came to turnovers during the World Cup.

6.Iain Henderson

He may not have come into the World Cup as a starter, but Henderson was fantastic for Ireland and is more than deserving of a place on the Lions tour on current form.


5.Richie Gray

Gray looks back to his best once more and was a crucial figure in Scotland’s pack hitting rucks, winning line outs and generally just making a nuisance of himself.

4.Alun Wyn-Jones

What more is there to say that hasn’t already been said about the Welsh lock? He was sublime once more and is the real driving force in a pack that isn’t always on the front foot.

3.WP Nel

The Scottish tighthead came into the World Cup unknown to most outside of Edinburgh, but he was solid in the set piece and ensured the scrum was no longer a weakness.

2.Ross Ford

After a difficult couple of seasons, Ford now looks back to his very best form after proving to be a pivotal figure in Scotland’s front row.

1.Cian Healy

With no loosehead really standing out during the World Cup, Healy gets the nod for a series of solid if unspectacular performances during the World Cup.

Bench – 16.Rory Best, 17.Alasdair Dickinson, 18.Samson Lee, 19.Joe Launchbury, 20.Sean O’Brien, 21.Lloyd Williams, 22.Johnny Sexton , 23.Stuart Hogg