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Four Players Who Played Their Way Into Lions Contention In The Six Nations

MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - DECEMBER 07: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, faces the media during the 2017 British & Irish Lions Coaching Team Announcement held at Carton House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Six Nations has come to an end and there have been some quite outstanding performances from players we did not expect to shine here is our pick of one from each of the home nations to be included in the Lions squad.

Hamish Watson

The Scottish flanker has propelled himself into Lions contention after a storming championship. He carries hard and with pace, his ability to break the line could be key in New Zealand where the defensive line speed will be quicker than he has experienced in the Six Nations.

Hamish Watson does have stiff competition in his position from some of the best operators in the world. He is one of many Scots to have impressed throughout the championship though.

Selection Chances: Low, too much quality in this position.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: Hamish Watson of Scotland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ross Moriarty

He started the championship as firmly behind Taulupe Faletau but due to injury he got his chance, and boy did he take it! His powerful defensive game was the inspiration behind the win over Ireland.

The Gloucester back row is sure to be on Gatland’s radar after two months of hard hitting and abrasive running. Moriarty could well oust Faletau from the tour. His tackling game could be a hugely powerful asset in New Zealand.

Selection Chances: Moderate, lots of quality but the Welsh connection won’t do his chances any harm.

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 05: Ross Moriarty of Wales runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Wales at Stadio Olimpico on February 5, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Joe Launchbury

Launchbury has returned due to George Kruis’ injury and has once again shown what a class act he is. He has pushed himself back to the front of the queue regarding second row selection.

He acts like a third flanker around the field and his tireless effort is underestimated as a quality. For your teammates to be able to rely on you to make the hard yards and hit those rucks is immeasurable.

Selection Chances: Moderate, his contribution will be noted but lots of players playing well in this position.

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Joe Launchbury of England celebrates their victory during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Garry Ringrose

It was hard to quantify Ringrose after the autumn, hard to really argue his case as his international qualities were still raw. There is no doubting his quality after those performances.

His lightning pace and eye for a gap see him firmly in contention for the tour now and he could even threaten the test side due to his ties with Sexton who surely has to be the frontrunner to wear 10 now.

Chances: Low, hugely bright talent but older more experienced players playing some good rugby.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: Garry Ringrose of Ireland runs for a loose ball with Jonathan Davies of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

A lot of players put their hands up and these four would certainly be an asset to any touring party. Warren Gatland is due to announce his squad on the April 19, and domestic form could determine whether these players are wearing the famous red jersey this summer.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.