Wales wing Josh Adams has revealed the emotional goodbye he said to heavily pregnant fiancée Georgia Davies as he headed off for Lions duty.
Adams will sacrifice being at the birth of his first child to achieve the biggest honour of his rugby career.
It was a difficult decision the couple discussed at length, and saying farewell on Sunday as he left for the Jersey training camp was not easy.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, players' family are not going to be able to travel to South Africa this summer, let alone see their loved ones inside the Lions' Covid-secure bubble.
“It was hard and emotional, especially on Sunday when I went on the plane bound for Jersey," said Adams.
"It was difficult to say goodbye to Georgia but we’ve had several conversations prior to leaving, she’s been brilliant throughout this period, both families have been superb as well.
"I’ve got a great support network here with the boys, coaches and backroom staff and back home and I’m very fortunate to have such a supportive family.
“We were watching it together in the living room when it was announced.
“We were both up in the air. Well happy. I was telling her not to jump too much because of the baby!
“We’d already spoken about it by that point. Everything had been sorted.
“Then it was just an anxious wait to see if I was selected.”
A portion of Warren Gatland's 37-man squad arrived for a two-week training camp in Jersey yesterday, with 12 players unavailable due to the continuing seasons in England and France.
But Adams was present for the first full day of training today and spoke to the media, where he named Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg as the man he is most looking forward to sharing the field with.
This will be the Scot's third tour with the Lions and he is the front-runner to start in the Test series having impressed for his country during the Six Nations.
A constant threat from full-back, Adams is hoping to benefit from Hogg's counter-attacking prowess.
"That's a good question. I don't know. Probably someone like Stuart Hogg from Scotland," said Adams when asked to name a player.
"He's got a bit of x-factor about him hasn't he? He always makes the odd break from full-back. He's an exciting player.
"He's someone you could pick up a couple of tries from by just floating around him and getting on his shoulder."
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Adams was, of course, involved the last time Wales faced South Africa, which was in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
On that evening in Yokohama, the Springboks knocked Wales out of the tournament in dramatic fashion - despite a try from Adams - with a penalty from Handre Pollard in the dying moments.
The winger admits the defeat does provide some motivation personally but stressed that this summer presents an entirely different set of circumstances.
"There's obviously a little bit of motivation about it for myself, from my point of view," he said.
"We came agonisingly close with the kick in the last couple of minutes but, then again, I'm in a different environment now.
"It's a different team with new ideas coming from everybody.
"You have to park that and take it as a fresh start. We're looking at it as a three-Test series.
"There is a bit of motivation personally but as a collective it's a fresh start."