5. Owen Farrell (England)
- Age: 28
- Position: fly-half
Owens said: “I’ve refereed Farrell many times for England, always found him to be respectful and a terrific player who leads by example in his own right.
“I expect him to be one of the favourites to start against South Africa, despite England’s poor form in the Six Nations.
“Perhaps Farrell isn’t guaranteed his place in the way he would have been a year ago, but Gatland knows what he can do. And what’s that saying about form being temporary, class permanent?”