Imagine if the last 20 years of English club rugby had passed without a single player from overseas – let alone the rest of Britain and Ireland – featuring in the Premiership.
How immeasurably more boring would our sporting lives would have been.
So, in the past 20 years, who have been the best 15 overseas signings to grace this country’s pitches? RUCK gives it a go:
#5. Nick Evans (Harlequins)
Rejecting the opportunity to be Dan Carter’s understudy, Evans made the brave move to the Premiership with Harlequins after the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Nine years on he hung up his boots as one of the clubs greatest ever players, scoring 2,249 points in 208 matches. A standout moment was probably his 20-point haul at Twickenham as Harlequins won their first ever Premiership title against Leicester in 2012.