The lines have been drawn, and there's now little more than a week until the 2014 Six Nations Championship gets underway.
This year promises to be one of the closest tournaments in recent memory, with each team's captain undoubtedly feeling the strain more than any others in their respective squads.
Heading into the action, we've ranked the six leading figures on an individual scale.
Here, team pedigree counts for nought. The leading figures of each side have been inspected in terms of their own pedigree, ability and the influence they have on their respective squads.
Time spent in the role of captain and experience in the responsibility also account for some of the logic, where even a giant amongst minnows can come out on top of the pile.