The Magners League Grand Final has been on players’ bodies as well as minds over recent weeks.
All eyes are now beginning to focus on the League’s showpiece event on Saturday, May 28, with three Irish giants and one star-studded Welsh side still battling it out for Grand Final glory.
European Cup finalists Leinster host Ulster on Friday night, while reigning champions the Ospreys travel to top seeds Munster a day later.
And while reaching the Grand Final has been on everybody’s lips since the conclusion of the regular season, the date of the competition’s climax has been visible for a lot longer thanks to the efforts of some star names.
A host of Magners League stars took part in our photo shoots designed to publicise what should be a mouth-watering Grand Final, with some enjoying the model status more than others.
Most of those players have seen their chances of Grand Final glory pass them by with their own team’s early exit but Tommy Bowe, Paul Warwick, Kevin McLaughlin and injured Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris could still be picking up a winners’ medal in a fortnight’s time.
Here’s a quick reminder of how the players got their first taste of Grand Final action this season: