Depending on where you awoke on Sunday morning, your reflection of the Six Nations will be very different.
It was not just all-conquering Ireland who can claim this as a landmark Championship though. Here, we’ve picked out five Aviva Premiership Rugby stars who can look back on the 2018 edition of the spring spectacular with pride.
Josh Adams – Worcester Warriors and Wales
Aviva Premiership Rugby player of the month for December Josh Adams choked back the tears ahead of his Six Nations debut against Scotland.
The magnitude of the occasion did not faze the Worcester Warriors wing though, as he glided his way around the Principality Stadium with fleet of foot, just as he has Sixways all season.
Having taken the domestic scene by storm with ten tries this term, the sky looks to be the limit for this supremely talented 22-year-old.
Sean Maitland – Saracens and Scotland
Scotland’s turnaround in Rome on Saturday ensured they registered a third victory for a second successive Championship – a sure sign this is one of their best-balanced squads for decades.
Wing Sean Maitland sparked that comeback from 24-12 down to win 29-27 with one of three tries in the Championship and was at the heart of some of their finest free-flowing rugby – including the second score in the sensational 25-13 Calcutta Cup victory over England.
The 29-year-old will hope he can inspire a return to form for Saracens, starting with Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash against Harlequins at London Stadium, hub of the 2012 Olympic Games.
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George North – Northampton Saints and Wales
Wing George North can now claim to be third on the Six Nations’ all-time top try scorer list after his brace against Italy took him beyond former Northampton Saints and Sale Sharks wing Ben Cohen’s tally of 16.
Whether he completes the transition from wing to centre, as Wales head coach Warren Gatland has suggested, is for another year.
But the 25-year-old Saints star should have ample opportunity to chase down Brian O’Driscoll’s record haul of 26 scores to take his place as one of the all-time greats.
Jake Polledri – Gloucester Rugby and Italy
Explosive flanker Jake Polledri waited patiently to make his international debut in Round Five against Scotland and his first-half performance in particular was superb.
One of Aviva Premiership Rugby’s breakout stars since moving to Gloucester Rugby from Hartpury College, Polledri’s meteoric rise perhaps peaked at the Stadio Olimpico.
He started the move for Tommaso Allan’s second try, saved what looked a certain score at the other end and walked off the pitch shortly before Scotland sealed their comeback victory with nine tackles and 11 carries to his name.
Sam Simmonds – Exeter Chiefs and England
Back row Sam Simmonds forced his way into the international reckoning on merit and enjoyed a debut he will never forget.
It has been quite the 12 months since making his first foray in Aviva Premiership Rugby, and two tries in a man of the match performance in Round One against Italy showed him worthy of head coach Eddie Jones’ show of faith.
A shoulder injury disrupted his Championship, but the 23-year-old made his mark sufficiently to be heralded as one of the brighter spots in an otherwise disappointing campaign for England.