“Professional rugby is all about survival,” Damian Browne tells me on the eve of the Atlantic Challenge, a 4800km ocean row across the North Atlantic ocean.

“It’s like the crucible. Every day, every hour, every minute you’re just trying to survive in that environment because there’s a hell of a lot of pressures from a lot of different angles.

“I played 16 years professionally and you just adapt quite organically to that.”

Some might consider a cold Friday night at Rodney Parade in Newport, Wales, a question of survival, but it really is a matter of perspective when you consider former Leinster and Connacht lock Damian Browne’s latest venture.”