- 4. Maro Itoje (England)
- 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Robinson wrote: “Jones had a great Six Nations leading Wales to the title, has all the experience in the world and is a figure who is used to playing with the pressures of captaincy.
“I know Maro Itoje has been talked about for the job in some quarters but to lead the Lions you need to be a captain of your national side or at least your club and Itoje is neither so just let him do what he does best and play.”
- 6. Tom Curry (England)
- 7. Hamish Watson (Scotland)
- 8. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Robinson wrote: “Hamish Watson showed in the Six Nations he can punch above his weight and he can help the Lions to move South Africa around and, in tandem with Tom Curry, disrupt them at the breakdown.”