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Lions potential starting team after the Six Nations

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After an intense Six Nations where Wales cameback from an early defeat to win the title, we look at which players look set to start in the upcoming Lions tour to Australia.

Full-back: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales). Arguably the player of the tournament and was the leading points-scorer with 74 and a kicking a success rate of 81 percent.  Superb under the high ball and Halfpenny is almost a shoe in at full-back for the first test.

Right wing: Alex Cuthbert (Wales). The powerful Welshman was the Championship's leading try-scorer and was a key reason as to why Wales lifted the crown. It wasn't a high scoring championship and only two players managed to score more than a single try. 

Outside centre: Manu Tuilagi (England). The destructive Englishmen produced a scintillating display against France and could get the nod at outside centre. Despite a key handling error against Wales, it is difficult to leave Tuilagi out.

Inside centre: Brain O'Driscoll (Ireland). Despite normally playing at 13, O'Driscoll could make the switch to 12 and fill a less than competitive position. The experience the Irishmen has may give him the advantage over Brad Barritt when Warren Gatland comes to choose his team.

Left wing: George North (Wales). A superb all-round winger, North looks a certain starter on the left wing. The 20-year-old scored a fabulous try in Paris and his all-round game should see him earn his first Lions caps.

Fly-half: Owen Farrell (England). The normally ice cool Englishmen seemed to feel the pressure against Wales but on the whole had a superb tournament. Controls the game well and with a reliable right boot, Farrell will be unlucky to not start.

Scrum-half: Mike Phillips (Wales). His faultless display against England showed he is a man for the big occasion. The powerful scrum-half can carry the ball well and is a solid tackler. 

Loose-head prop: Gethin Jenkins (Wales).  Part of the reason as to why Wales destroyed England was at the scrum and Jenkins played a key role. He got better with every game and should start the first test.

Hooker: Rory Best (Ireland). The experienced hooker didn't have the greatest of tournaments but his fierce reputation could see him given the nod. A good scrummager and a real team player could be why Gatland chooses him over Richard Hibbard of Wales and Tom Youngs of England.

Tight-head prop: Adam Jones (Wales). A certain starter for the Lions after yet again being a integral part of a Championship winning Wales side. One of the best in the business.

Lock: Joe Launchbury (England). The Englishmen made a staggering 51 more tackles than any other lock in the Six Nations. A highly talented player and must surely feature in Gatland's plans.

Lock: Donnacha Ryan (Ireland). Ryan was superb at the line-out and carried well in a stuttering Irish campaign. Mix that with his experience, Ryan could be given the nod.

Blind-side flanker: Sam Warburton (Wales). Captain of Wales of when Gatland was in charge, it's difficult to see Warburton being left out. Hugely disrupting at the break down, the Welshmen could make the switch the blind-side and if selected would be favourite to be given the captaincy.

Open-side flanker: Chris Robshaw (England). The Englishman has truly led from the front since being made captain just over a year ago. Robshaw completed the third highest number of tackles and was fourth in ball-carrying. Justin Tipuric, however, will be unlucky to miss out after a superb display against England.

Number eight: Toby Faletau (Wales). Faletau had a faultless campaign for Wales and looks to be the best number eight in contention. 

Subs: Richard Hibbard (Wales), Joe Marler (England), Euan Murray (Scotland),  Ian Evans (Wales), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Greig Laidlaw (Scotland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales). 

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