But of the quartet – who all featured in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations – only Gray got a taste of the Test atmosphere against the Aussies, coming off the bench for the last four minutes in the final clash.
However Warburton insists that the Scots certainly played their part in the 2-1 victory over the Wallabies and even left a lasting impression on the flanker.
“What it proved again was that it is very hard to get picked for the Lions, but the Scottish players made a big impression on the tour,” he said.
“Physically, Richie Gray is one of the most impressive players I have ever come across in the game. He says he’s only 6ft 9in but he’s 6ft 10in, and for a guy of that size to have such good co-ordination, running and handling skills is something else. And his strength in the gym really impressed the guys on tour.
“Stuart Hogg is the closest thing to Shane Williams in terms of his footwork that I’ve ever seen. He left guys on their backside in training and the rest of us laughing quite a lot.
“Ryan Grant was also one of the most popular guys on tour, despite not being in at the start. He is a down-to-earth, relaxed lad but his scrummaging impressed a lot of guys, and he also had some good songs, which went down well with the squad.
“And Sean Maitland was similar: a down-to-earth, easygoing guy but also a real quality player who will be another danger in the Scottish backs this season.
“Any of those guys could have played in the Tests, and that was the case right through the squad.”