The Leinster man, who is set to move to France this summer, was undoubtedly one of Ireland's best performers on the British and Irish Lions tour. The 28-year-old was ever-present in Warren Gatland's side, apart from his substitution in the final Test, as the Lions secured a historic series triumph in Australia. The fly-half proved to be one of the leaders within Gatland's side as he showcased calmness of thought and precision kicking. Sexton outclassed his counterpart, James O'Connor, and produced the telling try of the series as he propelled the Lions to victory in the final Test.
The Ireland back row can count himself unlucky to have missed out completely in the opening two Test against the Wallabies after impressing in the warm-up games. With Gatland having healthy competition in this particular department, the Leinster man was forced to warm the bench despite Australia fearing the 26-year-old, who had excelled in Ireland's famous World Cup victory over the Wallabies in 2011. O'Brien did start the final Test and produced an awesome tackling display as he played his part in a memorable Test series victory.
Perhaps a bizarre choice considering he didn't feature in the final Test after mixed performances in Brisbane and Melbourne, Brian O'Driscoll showed true class after being dropped by Gatland. The 33-year-old was impressive in terms of his defence in the opening two Tests but tackling off his feet in the curtain raiser, while one misplaced pass in the penultimate Test, were rare mistakes by the former Ireland skipper. Gatland opted to select Jonathan Davies for the decisive match and the Wales international justified his selection with a performance that was only topped by Leigh Halfpenny. In doing so, Davies helped deliver O'Driscoll the Test series win that the Lion legend so craved.