- Fly-half: Johnny Sexton (Ireland): The only choice to wear the No.10 jersey in 2013, he was key once again in 2017
- Scrum-half: Conor Murray (Ireland): Probably the in-form scrum-half all tour in 2013, and was the obvious pick onc again in 2017. First-class, and one of top three players on both tours.
- Loosehead-prop: Mako Vunipola (England): Emerged as one of the tour’s great off-the-field characters and an important figure after injuries to Healy and Jenkins. Came to the fore once again in 2017. Prop with the skills of a centre.
- Hooker: Jamie George (England): Zero starts for England prior to the tour, George played all three Tests for Lions in 2017. Deserved every ounce of praise that came his way.
- Tighthead-prop: Adam Jones (Wales): Four years later he saw off the challenge of Dan Cole for the tighthead prop berth with ease and was probably the second name on the Lions Test team-sheet behind Halfpenny. Equalled Willie John McBride’s record of playing in nine consecutive Tests.