George Ford (England)
Still just 27 years old, it feels like George Ford has been around forever.
The Oldham born fly half, son of Mike, made his debut for Leicester Tigers way back in 2009 when he became the youngest player to make his professional debut in England, playing against Leeds Tykes aged just 16 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
There is no doubt he has evolved into a fine player – he’s closing in on 200 league appearances and has collected 74 England caps along the way – but his Lions call has never arrived.
There was clamour for a call up in 2017 but, such is the competition for places in his position and given his recent form and inability to really break into the England team on a regular basis of late, he is unlikely to be considered by Warren Gatland.