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: Caelan Doris (Ireland) replaces Jamie Ritchie (Scotland)
” He’s the dark horse. I think he will be one of the players who comes out the 2021 tour that’ll people see differently. He is superb.”
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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