We take a look at the stand out performers from the 2016 Six Nations, and which of them may have battled their way into next year’s Lions squad. Below is a positional breakdown of the front runners on current form, as well as a “need further consideration” section for the players who have had little or no game times during the Six Nations for various reasons…


Rob Evans – was solid if unspectacular throughout for Wales.

Jack McGrath – must now be first choice loosehead for Ireland.

Mako Vunipola – offers something a little different off the bench.

Need further consideration – Joe Marler, Cian Healy


Dylan Hartley – solid at the set piece, and now a proven leader.

Rory Best – has a huge impact around the pitch.

Ross Ford – has looked much more solid at the set piece.

Need further consideration – Scott Baldwin, Jamie George, Ken Owens


WP Nel – key to Scotland’s scrum, and handy around the park.

Dan Cole – unspectacular but remains a solid option.

Samson Lee – another solid scrummager who is a proven international.

Need further consideration – Kieran Brookes, Marty Moore


George Kruis – quite possibly the player of the tournament.

Maro Itoje – looks to be a star in the making.

Alun Wyn Jones – fantastic leader, and key figure for Wales.

Jonny Gray – a monster in the tackle, and useful at the line out.

Luke Charteris – a master disrupter of opposition set piece.

Need further consideration – Joe Launchbury, Richie Gray, Iain Henderson



Chris Robshaw – arguable the best blindside in the whole Six Nations.

CJ Stander – was a huge asset around the park for Ireland at six.

Need further consideration – Dan Lydiate,


John Hardie – one of the most natural opensides available to the Lions.

Sam Warburton – a former Lions captain and international leader.

Need further consideration – Justin Tipuric, John Barclay, Sean O’Brien

Number 8

Billy Vunipola – a monster ball carrier who was key for England.

Taulupe Faletau – gets around the park and isn’t afraid to do the dirty work.

Jamie Heaslip – looked to be getting back to his best against Italy.

Need further consideration – Dave Denton, Nathan Hughes

Scrum Half

Rhys Webb – needs more game time but looks sharp.

Conor Murray – a safe pair of hands for Ireland.

Danny Care – offers a point of difference with his sniping.

Need further consideration – Ben Youngs, Greig Laidlaw

Fly Half

Johnny Sexton – still one of the most consistent tens in Europe.

Dan Biggar – had a quite Six Nations but still a class operator.

Owen Farrell – can cover centre as well as fly half.

Need further consideration – George Ford, Finn Russell



Jamie Roberts – Mr Consistent for Wales.

Duncan Taylor – currently in the form of his life.

Robbie Henshaw – looked even more dangerous at 13.

Jonathan Davies – getting back into his top form.

Jonathan Joseph – a little quiet, but cut loose against Italy.

Need further consideration – Manu Tuilagi, Mark Bennett, Elliot Daly, Stuart McCloskey

Back Three

Stuart Hogg – the most exciting talent in Europe right now.

Mike Brown – absolutely solid at the back.

Liam Williams – an attacking threat at wing and full back.

George North – looks to be getting back into his best form.

Anthony Watson – seems capable of finding space anywhere.

Tommy Seymour – has really kicked on for Scotland this year.

Jack Nowell – a reliable operator and hard worker for England.

Need further consideration – Leigh Halfpenny, Keith Earls, Simon Zebo