The Celtic Manor Resort got an early look at the match ball for this weekend's eagerly anticipated Six Nations clash between Wales and England when a special charity walk stopped off en route to Cardiff.
The Doing It For Heroes team checked in during the long walk from England's Twickenham Stadium to Friday's traditional Captains' Run at the Millennium Stadium - an epic ball carry of 180 miles over seven gruelling days in aid of Help For Heroes.
Led by Chief Petty Officer Andy Gibbs, the team was completed by fellow navy officers Philip White and Kev Bentley as they took some well-earned refreshment at the end of another gruelling day on the road.
It didn't take long for one of our iconic Lobby Dragons to get in on the act, clawing the match ball from the English invaders to give them an early indication of the Welsh challenge they face on Saturday.
The Doing It For Heroes team were aiming to take their fund raising total to a staggering £500,000 after embarking on their walking and collecting odyssey for Help For Heroes seven years ago. The money raised helps to rebuild the lives of military personnel wounded, injured and taken ill during service.
Chief Petty Officer Gibbs said: "I started this journey in 2008 forming our brand with co-founder Georgina Crumpton in 2011 prior to walking Wembley to Cardiff. What we do is about seeing the amazing effect the money we raise has on those who need it, it's all about building a better life for those that give so much."
Donate to this very worthwhile cause here.