St. Patrick's Day. England. Twickenham. The Grand Slam. It's here.
With all due respect to Wales, Ireland winning the Grand Slam in London on Paddy's Day would just be that little bit more special.
If you're in any doubt what this means to the Irish players, just go back two short years, to the last time Ireland played at Twickenham. The passion displayed by Donnacha Ryan during the anthems would inspire even the coldest fish in the pond.
Without descending into too much self-promotion, this colleague's tweet probably sums up Ryan's feelings at taking on England's Maro Itoje and George Kruis.
800 years. pic.twitter.com/NwR5UqwayG
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) February 27, 2016
That sort of intensity was matched by most of the Irish team for the anthem. We'd imagine we'll see much of the same this afternoon. Hopefully the result will be a bit better this time around.
800 years or not, winning the Grand Slam on Paddy's Day is what's it all about! Let's do this!