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Lions 2021: All 40 players ranked from the worst to best

#30. Sam Simmonds (England) – All of the pre-tour hype following his record-breaking haul of tries during the 2020/21 Premiership season seem to have completely faded away. Hopefully, this will still act as a kickstart to his international career with a recall from Eddie Jones hopefully coming this Autumn. Offered nothing in the third test.

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#29. Wyn Jones (Wales) – World-class scrummager. Returned from injury just in time to play a crucial role for the tourists in the first half of the third test.

#28. Iain Henderson (Ireland) – Four years ago in New Zealand, the Ireland powerhouse narrowly missed out on a Test appearance despite wearing the red jersey six times during the tour. The 29-year-old has racked up 221 minutes during which he made 28 tackles and missed three. He deserved his chance this time around.

#27. Liam Williams (Wales) – Came into the team to bring defensive safety in the third test but ended up being rinsed by Cheslin Kolbe. He’ll be more fondly remembered for his exploits in New Zealand four years ago.

#26. Owen Farrell (England) – A series to forget for the uninspiring England captain. Outshone by his junior Marcus Smith, it will be very interesting to see if he remains in Eddie Jones plans moving forward starting with the Autumn Internationals.

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#25. Anthony Watson (England) – For someone regarded as a world-class winger, showed very little evidence of it.

#24. Adam Beard (Wales) – The Welshman displayed his physicality since coming in as cover for Alun Wyn Jones and his maul defence against South Africa A was particularly noteworthy.  Very unlucky not to feature in one of the tests.

#23. Chris Harris (Scotland) – Consistent in both attack and defence, Harris was unlucky to lose his place following the second test.

#22. Stuart Hogg (Scotland) – His early tour was disrupted by isolation. Did alright in the first test but flopped in the second.

#21. Dan Biggar (Wales) – Missed kicks in all of the tests. Failed to spark the team, but was a warrior throughout.


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