Ireland are one of the three teams capable of winning the 2007 RBS 6 Nations title - but they have arguably the toughest finale at the Stadio Flaminio.
Buoyed by unprecedented consecutive victories over Scotland and Wales, the Azzurri are gunning for an extremely respectable mid-table finish.
When Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan says he is not taking victory over Italy for granted he means it - his side start as favourites but the final weekend is sure to produce another twist to what has been a gripping RBS 6 Nations.
The conundrum for Ireland is knowing that not only must they beat Pierre Berbizier's side, but they must do so as emphatically as possible if they are to seize France's crown.
Their points difference is four lower than Les Bleus', who host Scotland, so they have ground to end their 22-year wait for the title.
In Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Shane Horgan they have strike runners capable of casting the floodgates wide open, but Italy's aggressive defence will be difficult to break down.
As ever the forwards will spearhead the Azzurri challenge, keeping hold of the ball for multiple phases and seeking to steam roller Ireland.
The loss of openside Mauro Bergamasco to suspension is a bitter blow, but Ireland are also missing a key figure with Paul O'Connell sidelined because of a fractured thumb.
Much depends on how much the heroics against Scotland and Wales have taken out of Italy with Ireland, who should edge a testing encounter, proving a bridge to far.