- 6. Tom Curry (England)
- 7. Sam Underhill (England)
- 8. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
WARBURTON SAID: “Underhill is a shoo-in for the Lions tour, he has worked diligently to improve his breakdown spoiling. I think Toby right now is the number one front-runner for the number 8. Toby’s in the same breath as the Kieran Reid, Sergio Parisse, those three for me ar the best number 8s in world rugby in the past decade.”
He then added following the first round of the Six Nations: ““Re-watching the Scotland game in readiness for this weekend’s game. Have to say, Hamish Watson was phenomenal. With Tipuric, Curry and Watson you have three world class players.”
DID YOU KNOW? Before securing a professional contract, Underhill served an apprenticeship under his Granddad as a painter and decorator. The 24-year-old, who likes keeping busy, hasn’t ruled out a return to the trade when his rugby days are done.