Stuart Hogg and Sam Warburton both appear to be nailed on for a British & Irish Lions spot
The former Wales coach has taken the Lions to South Africa and Australia but will now lead the elite squad in New Zealand, the country of his birth, for the very first time.
The world No 1 side will pose an enormous challenge – so our Express Sport team have take a crack at picking the team for the first Test in Auckland on June 24.
Neil Squires, Daily Express rugby correspondent
Hogg, North, Joseph, Farrell, Zebo; Sexton, Murray; McGrath, George, Furlong, A W Jones, Itoje, Stander, Warburton (capt), B Vunipola.
Replacements: Taylor, M Vunipola, Cole, J Gray, Tipuric, Webb, Henshaw, L Williams.
Perversely, given that the top two sides in the Six Nations are captained by hookers, it is is the problem position for a Lions touring party blessed in areas like the second and back rows.
Warren Gatland used to play hooker himself back in an era when Dylan Hartley and Rory Best's traditional skills would have been regarded as all that was needed.
But faced with Dane Coles, a No 2 who can do the grunt and grind but yet pass and run like a back, the Lions have to think out of the box.
Here's the solution – start with Jamie George who is the No 1 hooker in England but stuck behind Hartley because the captain is undroppable – and bring the super-mobile Wasp Tommy Taylor off the bench late on.
The pair haven't started a single Test between them so it's crazily high risk but it might just work.
Owen Farrell will likely take the kicking duties for the British & Irish Lions tour
Charlie Philippe, Express.co.uk sports journalist
Hogg, North, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Sexton, Murray; M Vunipola, George, Furlong, A W Jones, Itoje, Stander, Warburton (capt), B Vunipola.
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"Replacements": Hartley, J Gray, Launchbury, Webb, Russell, J Davies, Halfpenny, Earls.
George North just creeps into the side in place of his Wales team-mate Liam Williams. His strong performances in the last two rounds of the Six Nations against Ireland and France have brought him into contention.
On the other wing Elliot Daly gets the nod after a fine tournament, and his fast feet and smart distribution could be key against the All Blacks.
George North starred for the Lions in Australia four years ago
Sam Warburton moves to openside and takes the captaincy ahead of Alun Wyn Jones as there are so many locks to choose from, with Joe Launchbury not even making the replacements bench.
The most difficult pick comes at hooker, where I've gone for Jamie George. England's reserve hooker is a more complete player than Dylan Hartley, and with Ireland captain Rory Best having a relatively low key tournament he will miss out.
With so many different options to ponder, I don't envy Warren Gatland.
(NB Charlie has opted for a bench of players who got close as opposed to replacements…otherwise the front row might struggle! Ed.)
Joe Short, Express.co.uk weekend sport news editor
Hogg, North, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Biggar, Webb; M Vunipola, George, Furlong, A W Jones (capt), Itoje, Stander, Warburton, B Vunipola.
Dan Biggar’s inclusion at 10 means Farrell can play centre, which gives the Lions options going forwards and also another pair of strong kicking boots.
Farrell could play at fly-half but that would likely mean Ben Youngs coming in at scrum-half and the cynic in me says Gatland will go with a Welsh pairing at 9 and 10, so Webb gets the nod.
But this position will change during every match and Conor Murray will have to prove himself in training that he is worthy of a run-out.
At full-back, Scotland’s resurgence over the past year or two is their sudden realisation that they can play ball — and Stuart Hogg has helped notch up the entertainment at Murrayfield.
Hogg is not the ready-made full-back in Mike Brown or Leigh Halfpenny. But the Scot is exciting and something different.
Let’s test him against the All Blacks.
James Gray, Express.co.uk sports journalist
Hogg, North, Daly, Te'o, Zebo; Farrell, Youngs; Healy, George, Furlong, Itoje, R Gray, Stander, Warburton (capt), B Vunipola.
Replacements: M Vunipola, Best, Fagerson, A W Jones, Robshaw, Murray, Russell, Halfpenny.
If the Lions are to win in New Zealand, they must be bold and that starts with the team-sheet.
Simon Zebo's experience at full-back makes him a preferred option for defence while his ability with ball in hand is as good as anyone else.
Ben Te'o may have limited experience in international rugby but they ail be playing on his soil. A former Junior Kiwi, the hard ground and warm air of Auckland is what he was born to run through – literally – while Farrell is one of the best playmakers in international rugby and should be playing at 10 where he is best.
From the bench, there is a mixture of youthful, dynamic Scots in the Six Nations' youngest player Zander Fagerson and Finn Russell and wise, experience in the shape of Alun Wyn Jones, Rory Best, Leigh Halfpenny and Chris Robshaw. Both can help the Lions either see out the game or snatch it late.