The freakish Fijian may have his detractors, and he has definitely had his fair share of controversies, but nobody can deny that in full flight he is one of the most awe inspiring sights in the history of the game.
In the 15 years of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Cup (and all its previous reincarnations) a major facet of both these competitions has been the immense contributions of some of the big name southern hemisphere imports.
MUNSTER had made it third time lucky - and put the heartbreak of being losing finalists in 2000 and 2002 firmly behind them - as they were roared on by their passionate army of traveling fans to a 23-19 Heineken Cup final triumph over Biarritz Olympique at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 20 May, 2006.
Twelve months on and TOULOUSE made it two in that elite "double" club, ultimately beating French rivals Perpignan 22-17 after seeing a 19-points half-time lead being whittled away as the Catalans staged a dramatic comeback in a match in which the strong wind and showers played a major role.
With the tournament now embracing 20 teams - four fiercely contested Pools of five - only Leicester and Brive reached the knock-out stages with 100 per cent records and ultimately made it all the way to the final, Cardiff and Toulouse falling at the semi-final stage.