Wales coach Mike Ruddock insists he would have no qualms throwing 21-year-old Richie Pugh into the lions' den of a Wales-England RBS 6 Nations clash.
Ruddock has hailed Pugh as part of the next generation of Welsh rugby starlets. And Ruddock made it clear he believed the young Ospreys flanker has what it takes to handle the big-game pressure.
''If he was selected then I would have no worries at all about his ability, he's an excellent player,'' said Ruddock.
''He has been playing exceptionally well for the Ospreys this season and his fitness statistics are right up their with some of the best in the world.
''Andrew Hore (Wales' New Zealand fitness coach) is very knowledgeable of statistics from around the world and he says that this guy is quite phenomenal in comparison.
''Richie is probably one of the quickest opensides in the world as well as being strong.
He's a new breed of player that we are seeing coming through in Welsh rugby.''
Pugh toured Argentina and South Africa last summer with Wales under Ruddock, without playing, having impressed in the national under-21 ranks.
Pugh may find himself in line for a cap, with both Colin Charvis and Martyn Williams injured for the February 5 clash.
Ruddock said: ''We have been much maligned in the past for not being as dedicated to fitness as other countries but suddenly we are seeing a new type of player emerging, living and breathing with the ambition to make it to the top. Richie Pugh is one of those guys.
''He's had great experience with the Ospreys over the last two seasons, has excelled with Wales Under-21s and toured with the national squad.
''Countries like Australia and New Zealand are forever blooding these guys while for too long we have been afraid to do that. But we have to start looking towards the next World Cup.''