As rugby inches slowly closer to a return to training, Ulster can already say with absolute certainty that at least one of their new Academy recruits hasn't spent the enforced break binging on the best and worst of what Netflix has to offer.
After a year and a half spent on the sevens circuit, lockdown has been the longest Cormac Izuchukwu has spent in the one place since his schooldays but, with no TV in his family home in Tullamore, County Offaly, the 20-year-old has mostly spent the long days running the roads and lifting weights, so much so that he's had to taper down his efforts for fear of over-training.
His desire to be ready for the big move to Belfast is understandable though, as his place in the Ulster Academy seemed a very distant prospect indeed only a few years ago.
Born in London to a Nigerian father and Irish mother, he moved to Offaly at the age of seven. His earliest sporting interests were GAA and basketball, while he would show real promise in athletics too all before first picking up an oval ball at Tullamore RFC. But a switch of school to board at Roscrea in fourth year would narrow his focus and set him on a winding road to the Kingspan Stadium.
"At first when we moved back it was a bit of a shock," he says. "My parents got divorced and my mum wanted to be around her family.
"London is obviously very multi-cultural, there's a large African community there, our whole street would have been from Nigeria or Ghana and places like that. That was all I knew growing up so obviously you feel at home there. Moving to rural Ireland, there's two black people in a town of 15,000, and that's quite shocking as a kid. I wouldn't say it was ever hard, but it was alien.
"We obviously weren't the most well off, we didn't have a TV or WiFi or stuff like that, but that just meant that sport was always what I put my energy into and that's obviously a great way to make friends and feel at home. I'd have played any sport at all back then.
"I was 16 when I went to Roscrea and schools rugby is obviously huge there. It's just a great breeding ground really, it was amazing for me to go in and learn so much from these great coaches and players.
"To be honest, I was a bit of a slow learner. I was always raw. I played for the Senior Cup side as a centre so I'd be playing 13 in attack and 12 in defence and I never really came onto the radar of Leinster at all."
An injury just prior to a screening day at Connacht scuppered that avenue too but Izuchukwu wasn't ready to give up the game, even if it meant seeking out opportunities in unlikely places.
"I was in the library checking my emails and there was a fella there and I was telling him that I didn't want to go to college but I wanted to play rugby," he says. "He had said to take a look and see if there was anywhere to play abroad. What I found was basically like Gumtree for rugby players, there'd be these ads but instead of being for like a car or a bike, it's 'rugby players wanted at Kelso RFC'.
"I can't explain the feeling I had to you logically but I knew that I wanted to play rugby and I'm a big believer that if you're having fun, you're doing well. The easiest way to have a good life is to enjoy what you're doing and rugby was what I enjoyed. It wasn't like I did it with a goal in mind of progressing to sevens or going on to play for Ulster.
"I just knew I wanted to play rugby. So over I went to Scotland to play for Kelso. I was there for four or five months.
"It was only club rugby obviously, but to me, I was treating it like it was a professional set-up. I took a job in Sainsbury's but I was working so hard to become a better player, I didn't have time to keep it on.
"There's a coach there, a Kiwi called Gary Stevens, he was so good for me and my development as a player and he was the one who told me that if I really worked hard, I'd be able to make a go at the next level.
"At the time, I never would have thought I'd be involved in something like the Ulster Academy but he instilled that idea in me of turning up every day and making yourself better."
It was Stevens too who got in contact with the IRFU to see about any opportunities available, a deal with sevens director Anthony Eddy arranged in next to no time at all.
"I was 6'1'' when I left school as a centre and by the time I got to Scotland I was 6'7'' and 10 kilos heavier so became a second-row," Izuchukwu says.
"I was so intent on bulking up to play second-row that at one stage I was up to 116kgs.
"I remember going in for my first day back in Ireland and I lasted six minutes, and that was only training. My body wasn't used to it at all and I was picking up a few injuries. But I worked really hard with Allan Temple-Jones who does S&C for the sevens and got where I needed to be."
Having impressed for the side in the Paris Sevens last year, and again at RugbyX in London's O2 where he'd finish top scorer, he was a regular at the 15-a-side training camps for the Ireland under-20s earlier this season where Ulster Academy boss Kieran Campbell was on the coaching ticket.
"The first I heard there might be a bit of interest was actually in July of 2019," he remembers of his switch north.
"I wouldn't have any idea about the correct processes of going from sevens to the Academy or anything like that so I had to bide my time but thankfully Hans (Hans Arthur, his agent) was a bit more patient and he was obviously pulling the strings for a while behind the scenes.
"When I got the call from Kieran that there'd be a place for me next year, I was delighted. I owe so much to sevens but I have been trying to get back into 15s since I left Scotland."
He added: "I just can't wait to get up there and get started now."