#1. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
A full 12 years after playing his part in a titanic battle with the Springboks for The British & Irish Lions in 2009, Alun Wyn Jones returned to South Africa in 2021 as captain.
It says a lot for his longevity that Jones has featured in each of the last 12 Lions Tests with his greatest hour coming in 2013 when he captained the Lions in the decisive third Test win in Sydney to seal a first series win in 16 years.
With 160 caps to his name, of which 148 have come for Wales and 12 for the Lions, he is the most capped player in the history of international rugby.
Since making his debut in 2006, he has won three Grand Slams, a further two Six Nations titles, and has now gone on four British & Irish Lions Tours.