Each week after the Heineken Cup the Sky Sports experts will rate every player eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions and pull together a starting XV. Find out who impressed after round six...
Last Updated: 07/02/13 4:14pm
Lions Index - 20th January
Each week after the Heineken Cup our experts will rate every player eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions.
The likes of Stuart Barnes, Dewi Morris, Scott Quinnell, Ieuan Evans, Tyrone Howe, Scott Hastings, Paul Wallace and Will Greenwood are all in prime positions to see how each player is performing and the results will throw up some interesting selections that are sure to get you clapping in agreement or totally disagreeing.
Our experts will rate each player who is eligible to play for the British and Irish Lions out of ten - the highest and lowest scores will be removed to give us an average score that will decide where that player sits in our Lions Index.
The players in our Lions Index may appear a mile away from the touring party but a good performance in the Heineken Cup could see them creeping into our index and reminding us that our Lions heroes come from the unlikeliest of places!
Our pundits have been at pains to point out that this is not their selection for the first Test against Australia, but rather highlights who has been performing well in the Heineken Cup!
1 - Cian Healy (Leinster) Average Score 6.7
Paul Wallace says: Has a lot of pressure from David Kilcoyne for the Ireland jersey.
Second: David Kilcoyne - 6.5
Third: Andrew Sheridan - 6.5
2 - Richard Hibbard (Ospreys) Average Score 7
Hibbard has been in fine form for Ospreys but is an injury worry for Wales ahead of the Six Nations with a shoulder injury.
Second: Sean Cronin - 6.6
Third: Jason Harris-Wright - 6.5
3 - Adam Jones (Ospreys) Average Score 6.5
Scott Quinnell says: You would expect both Adam Jones and Dan Cole to be on the plane to Australia, great players.
Second: Dan Cole - 6.4
Third: Mike Ross - 6.3
4 - Donnacha Ryan (Munster) Average Score 6.8
Paul Wallace says: Should start for Ireland side for the Six Nations and will come into Lions contention if he continues in this vein.
Second: Alun Wyn Jones - 6.7
Third: Ollie Kohn - 6.5
5 - Nathan Hines (Clermont) Average Score 7.2
Shane Horgan says: Hines is a different sort of second row - he is an offloading second row and gives you those options. There is also a bit of dog about him as well. I think he could add a lot to the team.
Second: Geoff Parling - 7
Third: George Robson - 6.9
6 - Sean O'Brien (Leinster) Average Score 7.1
Alan Quinlan says: For me O'Brien is the only certainty of this back row. I think he is definitely going to be on the plane. He is a strong player, a powerful player and has delivered for Ireland and for Leinster.
Second: Kelly Brown - 6.5
Third: Iain Henderson - 6.2
7 - Steffon Armitage (Toulon) Average Score 7.3
Toulon and Armitage will be disappointed with their 23-3 loss to Montpellier, however the Top 14 leaders will still be a formidable prospect at home for Leicester in quarter-finals.
Second: Chris Henry - 7.5
Third: Chris Robshaw - 7
8 - Jamie Heaslip (Leinster) Average Score 7.8
Scored Leinster's crucial fourth try against Exeter to give them some hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals. However the defending champions will take their fight to the Amlin Challenge Cup after Muster took the final spot.
Second: Nick Easter - 7.7
Third: Peter O'Mahony - 7
9 -Ben Youngs (Leicester) Average Score 8
Paul Wallace says: In atrocious conditions Youngs controlled his forwards and helped them get the better of a massive Toulouse outfit.
Second: Danny Care - 7.4
Third: Isaac Boss - 7
10 - Johnny Sexton (Leinster) Average Score 7.4
Leinster may have been relegated to the Amlin Challenge Cup but Sexton still leads the way as the outstanding No.10.
Second: Owen Farrell - 6.9
Third: Dan Biggar - 6.5
11 - Simon Zebo (Munster) Average Score 7.5
Shane Horgan says: He has never been short of confidence but his elevation to the Ireland team and his performances in the autumn internationals have taken him to a new level. He is not just an attack man and works very hard indeed. He has got such electrifying pace that he is always going to cause problems.
Second: Craig Gilroy - 7
Third: Eli Walker- 7
12 - Jamie Roberts - 7.1 (Cardiff) Average Score 7.1
Roberts has recovered sooner than expected from an elbow injury he sustained against Australia last month will be looking to perform for Wales in the Six Nations.
Jordan Turner Hall - 7
Third: Scott Williams - 6.5
13 - Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) Average Score 7
Dean Ryan Says: I know we are going to have a debate over Brian O'Driscoll when he comes back but Davies is in great form. He is not playing in a great side with the Scarlets but watch him in the Six Nations, he holds a lot of things together for Wales.
Second: Keith Earls - 6.3
Third: Joel Tomkins - 6.2
14 - Chris Ashton (Saracens) Average Score 7.5
Paul Wallace says: He did not have that much to do but just showed what a clinical finisher he is. I am sure he would have caught Warren Gatland's attention with that display.
Second: Alex Cuthbert - 7
Third: Tommy Bowe - 7
15 - Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues) Average Score 7.5
Kicked four penalties and two conversions to help Cardiff to a 26-14 win over Sale.
Second: Rob Kearney 7.3
Third: Delon Armitage - 7.1
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