France's new scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde has admitted he will be more overawed by the Stade de France than his task of replacing the retired Fabien Galthie when he faces Ireland in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener.
The 26-year-old Toulouse player, preferred to Biarritz's Dimitri Yachvili, will be paired with club team-mate and France's promising fly-half Frederic Michalak in a totally new half-back combination for Les Bleus.
He will wear the number nine shirt which belonged to respected captain Galthie but Elissalde insists that he is unfazed by replacing the legend who quit rugby after the World Cup.
More worrying is the 80,000 crowd he will face at the Stade de France.
"Galthie was a great leader and had a huge influence on the game and the team," said Elissalde. "I will do my best to be a worthy successor.
"I know my qualities and qualifications as a rugby player, but I must admit that I am bit scared by the Stade de France. The environment will be impressive on Saturday."
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.