The heroes of the Six Nations have been enjoying some well-deserved time off from rugby duties after their summer tours.
The leading lights of Ireland, France, England, Scotland, Wales and Italy have all been enjoying a break from the oval ball though plenty are already back in pre-season.
And with domestic fixtures re-starting at the very end of August, we’ve looked at who has been doing what with their down-time. JETTING AROUND THE WORLD
England No.8 Nathan Hughes has been off to see the historical sights in a destination well known to Six Nations fans:
Fellow England back row Chris Robshaw has gone a bit further afield in Africa:
Meanwhile, France’s Rémi Lamerat has been trialling some Greek wines during his time away from the game:
Veteran Sergio Parisse, shown here on his wife’s Twitter, has been enjoying some family time with his soon-to-be one-year-old son Leonardo:
New Ospreys recruit George North has been enjoying some home comforts at the Principality Stadium – home of Wales during the Six Nations:
And while Ireland’s Simon Zebo and Scotland’s Finn Russell may have been rivals during the Six Nations, they’re very much team-mates now at Racing 92:
Finally, Wesley Fofana has been savouring his family holiday before travelling up to Paris to start the 2018/19 campaign:
WEDDING BELLS RINGING
With such tough schedules during the season, players often take the chance to tie the knot with George Ford attending childhood friend and team-mate Owen Farrell’s wedding:
Kilted flyer Lee Jones also shared this picture from his wedding day:
Meanwhile, Jack McGrath was surrounded by Ireland team-mates as he exchanged vows with Sinead Corcoran with Rob Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Jordi Murphy joining the celebrations in the Algarve.
HARD WORK STARTS HERE
Rugby is never far away though, especially for the professionals and Ben Youngs has been back to work on the rowing machine:
Maxime Médard was also wasting no time getting some fitness in ahead of the new 2018/19 season with his club side Toulouse:
The Zebre team, who enjoyed such success in the Guinness PRO14 last year, are already into their second week of pre-season:
And Richard Cockerill has been working his Edinburgh squad hard – they’re already six weeks into their programme: