Fly-half: Finn Russell (Scotland) – The audacious fly-half is essentially Townsend reincarnate. His style is pretty much how Townsend played although the latter suffered from often being moved to centre, wing or full-back.
Scrum-half: Antoine Dupont (France) – “Gifted scrum-half. Tough, nuggety but with blazing pace on the break and a wonderful step.”
Prop: Logovi’i Mulipola (Samoa)
Hooker: Agustin Creevy (Argentina) – “Good Argentina teams possess huge amounts of emotion and energy and, for me, their hooker and former captain Creevy is the weather vane for this.”
Prop: Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)