We now take a look at five of the best props who will be battling it out in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. For more information and how to buy tickets for the 2020 European Finals Weekend in Marseille, click HERE.
Pool 1: Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby)
The stand-out prop for the last few seasons in Europe, Furlong possesses a skillset which is threatening to change the job specification of a front-row forward. Not only is Furlong a danger across the park in the loose, but his scrummaging is also highly rated.
A try-scorer in last season’s Heineken Champions Cup final at St. James’ Park, where Leinster were defeated by Saracens 20-10, the 26-year-old tight-head started all three British and Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand in 2017.
Pool 2: Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
A born-and-bred Devonian, Moon enjoyed a productive campaign last season, when he made his England debut against South Africa, which Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter felt was well deserved.
The loose-head has amassed 43 appearances in European rugby for the West Country club and played in all six pool-stage encounters last season for the Chiefs.
Pool 3: Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
The England prop has been a mainstay in the Harlequins front row since 2013, playing his way into the national side as well as the British and Irish Lions tour of 2017.
On the European scene, the 26-year-old Sinckler played in Harlequins’ 2016 Challenge Cup final defeat to Montpellier in Lyon and has totalled 28 appearances in European rugby.
Pool 4: Nicky Smith (Ospreys)
A regular in the Ospreys side since 2014/15, Smith enjoyed a solid campaign in 2018/19 and has now featured in over 100 matches for the Welsh region in all competitions.
The 25-year-old loose-head made 15 appearances for the Wales U20 side and has already doubled that tally for the senior Wales side.
Pool 5: Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier)
A hard-hitting Georgian, Nariashvili won the Challenge Cup with Montpellier in 2016 and will be hoping for more European success this time around.
He has recently signed a new deal to keep him at the Altrad Stadium until 2022 and has already made over 50 appearances for his country.