The past week has been dominated by headlines concerning the Lions' battle with Premiership Rugby over the release of players for the tour of South Africa this summer.
It's all been a bit unedifying - with Warren Gatland and Premiership bosses going toe-to-toe in public - the end result being that the odds on England-based players securing early release for the ten-day training camp before the tour look slim at best.
Gatland even suggested that players based across the River Severn could potentially miss out on touring if an agreement wasn't reached. That surely won't be allowed to happen, but the lack of extra preparation time could count against some when it comes to tight squad decisions.
At the very least, the Lions will likely be without England-based stars - including Owen Farrell and Taulupe Faletau - for their June 26 tour opener against Japan at Murrayfield.
Those handed the early chance in their absence will be in possession of the Lions jerseys and keen to put down credentials for Test starting berths.
So who could Gatland field up in Scotland - and maybe beyond?
Back-three: Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Duhan van der Merwe
With Exeter's Stuart Hogg likely to be vying for a Premiership crown in late June, the full-back spot will surely fall to Liam Williams.
Elsewhere in the back-three, the likes of Anthony Watson, Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonny May, who each play for English clubs, could also be unavailable.
Cardiff Blues' Josh Adams looks a shoo-in to tour, while Scotland star Duhan van der Merwe is a dark horse for selection.
Centres: George North and Robbie Henshaw
Moving onto midfield and there is the temptation to start Jonathan Davies outside likely Test starter Robbie Henshaw.
If Davies can get back to his best, it's a potential Test partnership to face the Springboks, but that does depend on Davies - who hasn't played a Test match at 13 since last November.
Instead, Gatland might opt to get a closer look at North in midfield, having experimented with the two-time tourist in the centre before now and knowing Wales picked him there for the Six Nations.
Half-backs: Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray
The half-back situation is an interesting one.
Fly-half could be tricky.
Owen Farrell and Dan Biggar are unlikely to secure early release, while Finn Russell could be vying for a title in France with Racing 92.
So it could fall to Johnny Sexton in Murrayfield, providing he's a part of Gatland's plans. There's no guarantee he tours ahead of the other three - although his immediate availability could be a major boost to his chances.
As for scrum-half, it's an open position anyway, with only Ben Youngs losing out in terms of availability.
Conor Murray, Gareth Davies, Ali Price and Tomos Williams will all be around and you'd just about say the Ireland star is in pole position.
Front-row: Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tadhg Furlong
It's a fairly straight-forward selection here, given the absence of England's front-row stars such as Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Kyle Sinckler.
With Rory Sutherland's Lions hopes touch and go after finishing the Six Nations with an injury, Wyn Jones is very much the man at the front of the loosehead queue.
The same applies to Ken Owens and Tadhg Furlong across the front-row.
They will each have an early opportunity to prove to Gatland they should also start the first Test against the Springboks.
Second-row: James Ryan and Alun Wyn Jones
Obviously Maro Itoje will be vying for a Test start as and when he links up with the Lions squad, but this wouldn't be a poor alternative pairing for the Tests.
Alun Wyn Jones' stellar Six Nations removed any doubts over his touring credentials and he'll surely travel as captain.
Back-row: Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and CJ Stander
One of the most competitive areas of the squad and, even without players plying their club trade in England, Gatland has plenty of options.
Taking Tom Curry out of the equation, you're still left to choose between Justin Tipuric and Six Nations player of the tournament Hamish Watson on the openside.
Taulupe Faletau and Billy Vunipola are likely to be absent at No.8. That means CJ Stander's immediate availability could get him the nod over Vunipola - if his form wouldn't already - and he'd start at Murrayfield were that the case.
On the blindside, Josh Navidi looks a good bet to start given his importance to Wales' Six Nations turnaround - while Tadhg Beirne, hotly tipped to play six by many pundits, could be another option.