Now the Aviva Premiership season has come to a close, who are the cream of the crop that stood out above the rest?
Champions Northampton and finalists Saracens both had outstanding campaigns, while individuals shone for other clubs such as Chris Pennell at Worcester.
But who were the true elite from the nine months? And who missed out?
Our friends at Bleacher Report have compiled the best 30 players in the Premiership from the last season.
Check out the list here.