England legend Dylan Hartley has revealed the five players he’d bet on being in the British & Irish Lions XV for their first test against South Africa in 2021.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph over the last few months, these five have been singled out for praise by the former hooker.
Here’s who Hartley believes is a certainty for Warren Gatland’s XV this summer.
1. Jamie George (England)
Hartley said: “At 30 years old with 50 caps, he has reached a good blend. There is a balance between his set-piece excellence and some nice little touches. I would say he is the first hooker Warren Gatland will pick for the Lions tour next year and there is nobody really challenging him.”