George Robson may not be getting his hands on the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy before he departs for France in the summer, but the Harlequins lock came pretty close – by lifting a LEGO replica.
The 29-year-old second row was present to provide the finishing touches to the meticulously-built model – made up of more than 8,500 individual bricks – which was created to mark the end of the regular league season by Duncan Titmarsh, the only LEGO Certified Professional in the UK.
Aviva Premiership Rugby fans were able to admire the alternative silverware on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight programme on Monday evening, alongside a similarly impressive LEGO rugby ball.
Harlequins star Robson, who played his final game at the Stoop on Friday night, admits he was very lucky to be given the chance to complete the structure.
"It was great to apply the finishing touch and put the final piece on – but I don’t want to take all the credit,” he joked.
"It’s a bit like finishing a team try really. The forwards have put a lot of effort in, there was some good work in midfield and I just dotted it down.
"Duncan has done an incredible job of building it – it looks amazing, and it was very humbling to see it all come together.
"It is the exact same size and I can tell you it just as heavy as the real thing as well. I did say that it’s the closest I’ll come to lifting the trophy this year unfortunately.
"It’s great to see the guys working at the workshop, they are basically big kids getting paid to put LEGO together. They are incredible at what they do, and it's very interesting to watch.
"I can’t see myself becoming a LEGO builder when I finish playing, though. I don’t think I’m meticulous enough and I nearly broke a couple of bits at one point.
"I’m sure I’ll have a few of the Quins boys badgering me for LEGO sets though."
Duncan has been involved in some impressive projects – including the construction of a room-sized Wembley Stadium, the venue for the world record club rugby union crowd during Saracens’ Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Harlequins in March.
But despite the scale of the challenge facing him with the trophy, Duncan explains he had it under control.
"It only really took one person to make it – along with the help of George Robson," he said.
"It took me about two weeks and I used just over 8,500 bricks. It was a bit fiddly because you are using square bricks to try and make a circular shape – but it wasn’t overly tough.
"I was lucky enough to have the real thing in my workshop as a model – it really is a very good looking piece of silverware."
If you want to be at the world's biggest club rugby final, this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 30 May, tickets are still available from Premiershiprugby.com/final. Junior tickets start at £12.50.