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

#10. Luke Cowan-Dickie (England) – The Exeter hooker has offered his trademark physicality, whilst also prospering with his set-piece basics.

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#9. Josh Adams (Wales) – The wing has been in clinical form scoring eight tries in the warm-up matches and defensively has coped well with his responsibilities.

#8. Tom Curry ( England) – Scary that he’s still only 23. He could realistically go on two more tours. Absolute powerhouse, but disappointed a bit in the third test.

#7. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – The Irishman was unfortunate to pick up an injury on arrival in South Africa but rallied back to start all three tests. A bit quiet in the finale.

#6. Ali Price (Scotland) – Set a distinct tempo in the first test, meaning eyebrows were raised when he was dropped in favour of Conor Murray for the second match.

#5.Jack Conan (Ireland) – One of the breakout stars of the tour, the powerhouse carried and tackled ferociously whenever he was on the pitch.

#4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) – What can you say? The inspirational leader recovered from a dislocated shoulder to play and play well in all three tests against the Springboks.

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#3. Courtney Lawes (England) – Man of the match in the victorious first test, Lawes came from nowhere to be one of the Lions’ more impactful players. Was very unfortunate to have conceded the tour-deciding penalty.

#2. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) – The tighthead continues to look every inch the best front-rower in the world. He’s contributed equally in the loose and at the set-piece.

#1. Maro Itoje (England): World-class. The English lock has been in excellent form at the set-piece and he has been one of the few Lions forwards to consistently succeeded in clearing out and living with the physicality that the South African players brought.

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