3. Owen Franks (New Zealand)
Perhaps the biggest shock on the list, and certainly the biggest gamble taken by a head coach. Franks is so experienced and has been part of both recent Rugby World Cup-winning campaigns.
4. Richie Gray (Scotland)
Gregor Townsend has left the door ajar for Richie Gray to make the Rugby World Cup but the big lock is one of several notable names not in the Scotland coach’s training squad for the tournament in Japan. However, he certainly improved his chances after helping Toulouse to the Top 14 title.
5. Devin Toner (Ireland)
This certainly caused a stir, mainly because Devin Toner has been the key to Ireland’s successful lineout in recent years under Joe Schmidt, viewed as the first-aid kit to rectify any issues when the set-piece has malfunctioned.