A final weekend that England will sooner forget had few outstanding performers. However, Mike Brown throughout the course of the tournament has shown that he is a strong Lions contender. As well as his versatility, he is solid in defence. This is an element that England became progressively reliant upon throughout the course of the tournament and was one of the remaining positive aspects from the humiliation in Cardiff. Although unlikely to have a starting place during the tour the utility back would be a useful addition to the squad.
Verdict – Licking his wounds but wondering where his passport is.
Man of the match in Cardiff, the dynamic number 7 could be the perfect foil for Gatland’s lions. Open-side is likely to be a hotly contested spot but the performance at the weekend will not go unnoticed. A massive presence at the breakdown and working well with Warburton, Tipuric has earned his recognition. His contribution to Wales’ second try was one of the many highlights as Wales put England to the sword to reclaim their Six Nations title. The flanker has stated recently that he is not considering Lions recognition. However, I think the phone may be ringing sooner rather than later.
Verdict – Frantically searching for his passport.
Citing hearing aside there is no doubt most rugby fans will be hoping for O’Driscoll to make his final bow for the Lions this summer. Centre is a tricky position to fill and without the likes of the Irish stalwart the three-quarters certainly lacks an element of style and excitement. Age and fitness will be the only things holding him back so assuming he is intact, there are few others who could replace him.
Verdict – In the departures lounge
The Flying-Dutchman is an undeniable possibility for Lions inclusion following a brilliant tournament for Scotland. A fantastic try that condemned France to the wooden spoon is testament to the winger’s ability, as well as highlighting how much of a weapon the Scottish winger could be. Question marks will of course be raised to his defence and inexperience. Wing is an area with plenty of options but few standout candidates at the moment, so Visser could yet find himself in with a chance of representing the Lions.
Verdict – planning his summer holidays but regularly checking his phone
By Jono Frank