The compliments have been coming back and forth across the Irish Sea this week. But all that will stop come 3pm this afternoon as Ireland and England knuckle down for their eagerly-awaited RBS 6 Nations showdown.
Rory Scannell of Dolphin RFC has been announced as the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Rising Star of the Month for January. He will now be shortlisted for the overall Ulster Bank Rising Star of the Year honour at the Ulster Bank League Awards, taking place in May.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell insists that beating England at the Aviva Stadium would rank up with the biggest scalps of the Joe Schmidt era. The 13-10 loss at Twickenham a year ago remains the only RBS 6 Nations defeat for Schmidt's men to date.
Mick McGrath is one of the latest players to make the step up from Ulster Bank League rugby to the professional game. The young Leinster winger has scored tries against Cardiff and Edinburgh so far this season.
Speaking to Rob Murphy after Connacht's PRO12 victory over the Dragons, head coach Pat Lam said: "There are some things to learn from, but we're pleased to start with a win. When you consider nine in that starting group are under 23, it's good to see some of those talented guys get a chance - particularly the new ones."
Fresh from launching the new 'Give it a Try - Girls Minis' initiative aimed at geting more girls playing rugby, Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton previews the Women's Interprovincial Championship which kicks off this weekend in Galway and Belfast.
Irish Rugby TV ventured west to cover the launch of Mazda's continued support of Connacht Rugby. We hear from new arrival and Mazda Ambassador Mils Muliaina, Kieran Marmion, Jake Heenan and former captain Gavin Duffy.
Looking forward to the new GUINNESS PRO12 season, Connacht captain John Muldoon said: "We've a lot of younger guys who have big years ahead of them and a few big name signings who will hopefully be able to fit into the system and work hard among the ethos of Connacht Rugby."
Irish Rugby TV was at the launch of the GUINNESS PRO12 and we caught up with Jamie Heaslip, Pat Lam, John Muldoon, Matt O'Connor and Rory Sheridan of Diageo as the new sponsor gets ready to kick off an exciting season.
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.