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British & Irish Lions team of the week

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After this week’s Champions Cup action, we take a look at who would make Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions starting team if it was based on this weekend’s form.

BACKS

Clermont’sNick Abendanon scores a try against Ulster. Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

15 Stuart Hogg

Faultless against Racing 92.Few players have consistently put in a good shift at full-back this year and should Glasgow reach the Champions Cup quarter-finals, Hogg’s performances should throw him in for the full-back role.

14 Jack Nowell

Exeter needed some spark in their back-line against Bordeaux in the Champions Cup and Nowell provided it. He always looked like causing danger and unfortunate not to get among the tries.

13 Garry Ringrose

The Leinster youngster put in some big tackles, and made some good breaks against Northampton. An outside bet but if injury puts him into the Irish team he could make the trip.

12 Scott Williams

Scored the all-important try as Scarlets defeated Toulon. He was always a threat in attack and put in five tackles in defence as Toulon with the likes of Nonu and Basteraud battering at the Scarlets throughout.

11 Nick Abendanon

Scored two tries in the opening 23 minutes for Clermont as they put Ulster to the sword. Despite the lack of international experience, has to be considered due to his phenomenal try-scoring record.

10 Finn Russell

He put in an incredible performance as Glasgow defeated last year’s finalists Racing 92 on Friday. While Dan Carter struggled, Russell was immense, making 81 metres through 14 runs and beat 10 defenders. He also came up with a try assist.

9 Ben Youngs

Leicester left it late against Munster and Youngs was a lively threat. His passing and quick delivery to the back-line should have seen them score a try and a threat around the breakdown.

FORWARDS

Leinster’s Sean Cronin scores a try against Northampton. Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

1 Mako Vunipola

He made two brilliant turnovers at the breakdown when Sale threatened to break through the Saracens defence. Wasn’t called on to do much else against a poor Sharks team.

2 Sean Cronin

Put in a man of the match performance, scoring one try and showed his speed once more when he made a 20 metre break in the first half when the game hung in the balance. A real threat in attack to provide an attacking platform for the Leinster backs.

3 Zander Ferguson

Another great performance from the youngster as he made five tackles and beat three defenders as he, like Cronin, likes to make darting breaks.

4 Ultan Dillane

Since he made his Irish debut earlier this year against England, Dillane has become a key player in Connacht and might be the man Joe Schmidt turns to come next year. He was immense against Wasps, with 15 tackles and 42 metres made.

5 Jonny Gray

Another outstanding performance from Gray as he looks certain to make the Lions team on this year’s form. On Friday, he won a key steal in the lineout and made 12 tackles as Glasgow bossed their French counterparts.

6 Sean O’Brien

O’Brien looks like a man on a mission since fighting his way back from injury. He was back to his best against Northampton in defence and in his ball carrying as he tagged on a try.

7 Josh van der Flier

The difficult part it seems is getting a chance at Leinster with so much talent but once given the opportunity van der Flier has matched any opposition put in front of him. Outstanding against Saints.

8 Thomas Waldrom

The Exeter No. 8 added an all-important try as the Chiefs kept their slim hopes of a European quarter-final alive in Bordeaux and put in 11 tackles in a great defensive display.

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