RATINGS: The Lions best and worst players from the last three tours - Ruck

RATINGS: The Lions best and worst players from the last three tours

We’ve decided to take a look back at the last three tours, remembering the standout stars along with the players who failed to perform.

These views and rankings are based on what a publication rated the players immediately following the tour.

2009 tour of South Africa (Bleacher Report)

South Africa won the Test series, defeating the Lions 26–21 in the first Test, and then 28–25 in the second Test. The third Test was won by the Lions 28–9. 


  1. Mike Phillips (Wales): Great scrum-half. Willing to carry, line break and help out at the rucks. Scored a try. Also played at centre and acquitted himself well there too. 9.5/10
  2. Simon Shaw (England): Made his first ever Lions test appearance despite this being his third tour! Showed what a true Lion he was and what the shirt meant to him. Great countermauling, huge hands, great breakdown work at the ruck. 9/10
  3. Jamie Roberts (Wales): He always guaranteed more than a few yards with his running/carrying. Kept the Springboks on their toes constantly.  9/10        


  1. Ronan O’Gara (Ireland): His performances against the Emerging Boks and Southern Kings were woeful. 2/10
  2. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales): Found out. Couldn’t compete with the bok pack. Lost the ball numerous times when carrying. Anonymous for most of the proceedings. Looked terrified at times. 4/10
  3. Lee Mears (England): Went AWOL in the first test, disappointing throwing. Didn’t help at the scrum. 4.5/10


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