Warren Gatland became one of the first inductees into the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame when the inaugural Ball for the competition was held at the Hurlingham Club in London last night.
The Wales head coach, who is currently on sabbatical in order to take charge of the British & Irish Lions side which tours Australia this summer, was one of the first ten inductees who have been of illustrious influence on English rugby's flagship tournament over the last 15 years.
Gatland is in good company, joined by the likes of Dean Richards, Andy Robinson and Mike Catt, and he attended the event in person to form part of the entertainment as he was interviewed on stage by Gabby Logan and fellow inductees Austin Healey and Conor O'Shea.
It is his achievements with English club London Wasps, who he led to three consecutive Premiership titles (03, 04, 05) rather than the double Grand Slams he has chalked up with Wales in 2008 and 2012, which have seen him honoured but that didn't stop pundits at the evening picking his brains about the current Six Nations Championship and his potential Lions squad.
The Ball was presented in association with British Airways and Tag Heuer and in support of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.
After introducing ten inductees to the Hall of Fame a further eight names where added from more recent times.
The total list includes Leicester's Martin Johnson and Geordon Murphy and Healy, Northampton's Pat Lam, current internationals Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood, London Irish pair O'Shea and Brendan Venter, Gloucester legend Jake Boer and cross code convert Jason Robinson.
Robinson admitted it was a shock to be elevated into such company. He said: "To be ranked alongside the likes of Dean Richards and Warren Gatland is a great honour. I was surprised to be nominated. It's a great thing the Premiership are doing - and I'm delighted to receive the award.
"The atmosphere in the room with rugby people is good. There are some great stories that are out there. Also the friendships that you have from all the clubs shows the sport is in a healthy place."
Towards the end of the evening X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke entertained the crowds with some of her greatest hits, while those in attendance weren't shy about putting their hands in their pockets at a silent auction in aid of Comic Relief.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.