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."
After missing out on England's 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign through injury, centre Brad Barritt admits he is determined to make up for that disappointment in style with club side Saracens during the season run-in.