Italy have identified Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll as the dangerman ahead of the RBS 6 Nations Championship clash at the Stadio Flaminio on Saturday.
Italy star Mauro Bergamasco, who made his first start in his new position as a winger after spending most of his career as a flanker in the 30-22 victory over Wales last Saturday, admits O'Driscoll is giving him and his team-mates headaches before the clash.
"I watched their victory over Scotland last weekend," said the elder Bergamasco brother on RAI TV.
"The three-quarters are particularly strong when the lines meet and in the ability to defend in numbers."
"O'Driscoll is particularly involved as the offensive creator who, although he is picked as a centre, is in fact more creative than the two half-backs."
But Bergamasco, whose brother Mirko went on as a substitute against Wales, was adamant a reinvigorated Italy could cope with the Irish talisman.
"We will just tackle him," said Bergamasco. "It's not always easy because he is a great player and very good at wrong-footing you on the inside.
"But if we follow our defensive game-plan there will always be another defender inside."
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.