Lock: Alun Wyn Jones (2007-) – Now with 146 Test caps to his name for the Lions and Wales, the Ospreys second row has grown into an inspirational and talismanic figure and would be a candidate for most people’s world team right now.
Lock: Robert Norster (1982-89) –The Cardiff lock ruled the roost in the 80s, a supreme lineout practitioner, a skilful operator on so many fronts, the prototype of the modern, all-court lock forward.
Flanker: Sam Warburton (2009-18) – A specialist openside more than capable of doing the heavy-duty work on the other side of the back row as he proved on several occasions for Wales. Another desperately tough call but the double Lions captain demands a place for a variety of reasons, not least his winning way with referees.
Flanker: Martyn Williams (1996-2012) – Mr Consistency. Man of the Match time and again for club and country. A footballing openside, this popular and highly respected centurion went on three Lions tours.
Number 8: Scott Quinnell (1993-2002) – After a short spell in league, returned to Union when the game went open. One of the most effective ball-carrying No 8s in the world, he was like a one-man pack for Wales at times.