A lot of blood, sweat and tears can go into the winning of a medal. It is just a disk of metal attached to a ribbon, but for the owner it symbolises a very important achievement.
Fergus McFadden has an impressive haul. The Leinster winger has won three Pro 12 titles, the Heineken Cup twice, and the Six Nations Championship.
Having suffered a break in at his apartment, McFadden was horrified to discover his collection had been robbed.
Speaking on Scrum Saturday on Today FM, McFadden told Ross Lindsay, he feared they had been thrown in the canal, but luckily there was a happy ending.