Sir Ian McGeechan leaves Sam Underhill out of his 2021 Lions XV

4: Maro Itoje (England)

“”Itoje is definitely one of them and I’d bracket him as a possible captain. He’s a hell of a competitor. When you watch him, he’s into everything. He reads things so well, he’s niggling, he leads by example. He’s a really intelligent lad and a really intelligent rugby player.”

5: James Ryan (Ireland)

“Those two could be unbelievable. They are two natural leaders and I’d be intrigued to see how their chemistry evolves on a Lions tour.”


6: Jamie Ritchie (Scotland)

” He’s tough, mobile, into everything. He’s a carrier, a leader, he’s improving game on game and I think he could be outstanding in a Lions jersey.”


7: Tom Curry (England)

“A very clever player, a relentless guy with a huge engine. He’d come into his own in a Lions environment,” he says.

8: Billy Vunipola (England)


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