Ireland hooker Shane Byrne insists he will not be intimidated by the atmosphere at the Stade de France on Saturday - instead his focus will be on neutralising the vaunted French front row.
Byrne packs down between props Reggie Corrigan and John Hayes for the RBS 6 Nations opener in Paris and admits the Irish trio face a mighty challenge against Sylvain Marconnet, William Servat and Pieter de Villiers.
The scars of France's crushing front-row display during the World Cup quarter-finals last November have yet to heal for Byrne, who witnessed their domination from the safety of the bench.
But the 30-year-old Leinster forward has resumed his place in the starting line-up following the retirement of Keith Wood and has marked his return by warning France that Ireland's front row will meet them head-on.
"It's not really the venue that makes the difference in the match, it's more the front row you're playing against that is important. The French front row are rated very highly and I know why," he said.
"They really stamped their mark on the match during the first scrum in Melbourne when we last played them. We are well aware how good they are so we've been doing a lot of work on our scrummaging.
"Their quality is beyond question but it's good that we are aware of what we have to deal with - they certainly won't be springing any shocks because we're up for this one."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.