Winning a Lions Test series is the ultimate challenge but flying out with a fully-fit 37-man tour squad in scintillating form remains almost as tricky an assignment.
If Chris Robshaw had the casting vote he would be part of England's squad touring Argentina this summer.
Jonny Wilkinson has dramatically turned down an invitation to join this summer's British and Irish Lions tour, sparing Australia a reunion with their old nemesis.
In dozens of living rooms and clubhouses around the British Isles it was easy to imagine the scene.
The second game of three in one of the most fiercely contested sporting competitions in the world takes place tomorrow when New South Wales take on Queensland in the State of Origin series in Sydney looking to put an end to one of the most depressing runs in NSW rugby league history.