WORLD XV: Read, Parisse, Vunipola? Who is the world’s best Number 8?

6. Taulupe Faletau – Wales

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Overcame an injury-ravaged season with Bath and Wales to be one of the Lions’ most consistent performers in New Zealand. Made more tackles, metres, breaks and beat more defenders than any forward on the trip.

Regularly excels at the base of the scrum, forming part of a perfectly balanced Welsh back-row next to Sam Warburton and tackling king Justin Tipuric.