At the best of times, an inconspicuous British and Irish Lions coach in the spring of a touring year is something of a contradiction in terms.
As it is in 2021, sitting alone in an otherwise empty stadium, Warren Gatland spending his first afternoon after the conclusion of the Six Nations at Ashton Gate last Saturday was always likely to grab plenty of attention.
Having worked through the last two months to run the rule over those aspirant tourists going toe-to-toe in the colours of their national sides, the assumption is that the former Wales and Ireland head coach was taking in some Premiership action in an effort to cast his net wider.
Watching Harlequins warm-up for Sunday's Challenge Cup clash against Ulster with a narrow defeat to Bristol, Gatland will have no doubt been impressed again by Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt, just two of the players excelling in domestic action despite getting little attention from Eddie Jones of late.
It was the performance of Danny Care, though, that really set tongues wagging.
The 34-year-old won the last of his 84 England caps all the way back in 2018 but, having first come onto the Test scene back in 2008, his recent rich vein of form has had him tipped in some quarters for an unlikely first Lions place despite his England exile.
"DC's been brilliant," said Quins coach Adam Jones, who knows Gatland well from a long career in the Welsh front-row.
"There are a few good Welsh scrum-halves out there, but I'm sure he could sneak on the tour because he's doing well.
"Gats goes pretty left field with some selections, (he) will pick on form, I'm sure.
"If DC's the form nine in Britain and Ireland then he'll go, regardless of his age. He will be fantastic."
Should Gatland, as Jones believes, pick his side to face the Springboks on club form, it would be to buck the trend set not just by Jones but Andy Farrell too.
If Care is the form nine in Britain and Ireland today, it's not so long ago that such a status unquestionably belonged to Ulster's John Cooney despite his own lack of international recognition.
Interestingly, Care himself has previously drawn the parallel.
"For me, with Andy Farrell I wasn't his type of player at all," he recalled on BBC Five Live's Rugby Union Weekly back in November. "When it came down to the nuts and bolts of who was going to get selected (for England), myself or Richard Wigglesworth, he was always going to think it should be Richard Wigglesworth.
"I'd say myself and John Cooney are more similar types of players, like to run with the ball, like to show what we can do differently. He's the most blatant example of just not fitting into Andy Farrrell's game plan."
Team selection pending, these most similar of nines are set for a fascinating head-to-head come Sunday with a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals on the line.
It was the Ulsterman who got the better of the exchanges when these same sides met in the Champions Cup back-to-backs of December 2019 but trajectories have altered markedly since.
While much was already made of Cooney's brief downturn after an injury during lockdown, and the legacy of his benching for the PRO14 final last September runs on and on, Dan McFarland said again this week that his scrum-half has been "exceptional" of late in the league.
Doing so in the PRO14 when denied an opportunity on the international stage will always draw accusations of flat-track bullying but should Cooney help his province get the better of an in-form Care and Quins, it would no doubt feel a restorative moment after a tough 12 months.
Don't rule out the idea that it might just catch the eye of one Mr Gatland too.