Months of speculation will end in London on Wednesday when the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer’s New Zealand tour is announced.
Here is the possible make-up of a squad charged with targeting a first Test series triumph against the All Blacks since 1971.
Stuart Hogg (Scotland): Scotland’s attacking catalyst with pace and skill in abundance.
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales): Average season by his standards, but starred on 2013 Lions tour and is a supreme goalkicker.
Anthony Watson (England): Quality operator at wing or full-back.
Liam Williams (Wales): Impressed for Wales in New Zealand last summer. Class act.
George North (Wales): A try-scoring force of nature when in top form.
Jack Nowell (England): Superb finisher and fine all-round player.
Elliot Daly (England): Offers options at full-back, wing and centre. What is there not to like?
Jonathan Davies (Wales): Started all three Lions Tests four years ago. Experienced performer.
Robbie Henshaw (Ireland): Memorable try-scoring display for Ireland against New Zealand in Chicago last November.
Ben Te’o (England): Hard-edged midfielder who also possesses subtle skills.
Owen Farrell (England): Likely to start at inside centre in the Test series. Could be a star of the tour.
Jonathan Sexton (Ireland): Brilliant when at his best, but also injury-prone.
Dan Biggar (Wales): Experience, better defence and goalkicking might see him edge out England’s George Ford.
Conor Murray (Ireland): Magnificent when Ireland beat the All Blacks earlier this season.
Rhys Webb (Wales): An all-action machine. Will push Murray close for a Test place.
Ben Youngs (England): Lions tourist in 2013. Has his work cut out for Test series recognition, though.
Mako Vunipola (England): Hard to spot a weakness in his game.
Jack McGrath (Ireland): A strong cornerstone of Ireland’s pack under head coach Joe Schmidt.
Joe Marler (England): Had brushes with rugby authority, but arguably in form of his life.
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland): Best tighthead prop on British and Irish shores. Mature beyond his years.
Dan Cole (England): Immovable member of England’s front-row. So consistent.
Kyle Sinckler (England): A rising star of the front-row ranks.
Ken Owens (Wales): Excelled for Wales this season in all areas of his game.
Dylan Hartley (England): England’s double Six Nations title-winning captain who would deserve Lions’ call.
Jamie George (England): Hartley’s England understudy who has excelled in Test arena.
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales): World-class. Pure and simple.
George Kruis (England): Injury-hit season, but a renowned lineout giant.
Donnacha Ryan (Ireland): Uncompromising and tough as teak. Would relish Lions challenge.
Maro Itoje (England): European player of the year, and now a likely Test Lion.
Courtney Lawes (England): Starred for England under Eddie Jones, delivering consistent performances.
CJ Stander (Ireland): Fearless back-row warrior. Superb defender and ball-carrier.
Peter O’Mahony (Ireland): Ultra-consistent performer who leads from the front.
Sean O’Brien (Ireland): Versatile across the back-row, offering quality in all areas.
Sam Warburton (Wales, capt): Best openside flanker in Europe. Simple as that.
Justin Tipuric (Wales): Superb all-round talent with skills to burn.
Taulupe Faletau (Wales): Tried and tested at the highest level. Rarely disappoints.
Billy Vunipola (England): Destructive number eight capable of game-changing moments.