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.
The 29-year-old has played in all but one of Leinster's 28 matches this season but not one of them has been tougher than last weekend's Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse according to the full-back.
"The Toulouse match was the most running I've ever done in a rugby game in my life," he told the Irish Times.
"It was the fastest game of rugby I've played in my life. I don't think we've ever covered so much ground as a back three in a match before."
"It's a quick turnaround now, and it's huge couple of weeks for us, but a really exciting couple of weeks.
"Northampton are unbeaten in the competition so far and favouritism goes out the window when you're playing in a final; there's no second chances."
Speaking after receiving the award Nacewa described the moment as very special.
"I'm just overwhelmed," he added.
"It's such an honour.
"I think it's one of the top awards you can get as a player, and something that is voted on a lot over the years. So, very over-whelming to get it, considering it (the list of previous winners) is a who's who of Irish rugby."