18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
While that battle in Bordeaux will determine who will fly the French flag in the ninth Heineken Cup final, London Wasps coach Warren Gatland is relishing the prospect of returning to Lansdowne Road two years after leaving his post as Irish coach.
Lawrence Dallaglio's team booked a last-four place for the first time - and an Anglo-Irish semi-final showdown with Munster in Dublin on Sunday, 25 April - with a five-try blitz of Gloucester at the Causeway Stadium. When asked if he was looking forward to returning to Dublin, Gatland gave a simple answer: "Absolutely.
"I am loving it here at Wasps and I would love to see this side go to Lansdowne Road and perform to its full potential. To go to Dublin with a fully fit Wasps side to take on a Munster team backed by tens of thousands of their fans will make it a great occasion.
"Last season and this season have been pretty exciting for the club and I think we have the players here to make the next couple of years be pretty special too.
"We desperately wanted to reach the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and we have achieved that goal.
"It is going to be very exciting for us to go to Dublin. There certainly won't be the same fear factor going to Lansdowne Road as there might have been going to Thomond Park because a lot of the Wasps players have had good experiences at Lansdowne Road.
"Munster are one of the most experienced teams left in the competition, but they showed a little bit of fragility against Stade Francais. We have gone further than ever before and for us now the motivation is to reach the final at Twickenham."