You have to start somewhere! I'm very happy to start against Ireland, I had been waiting for this occasion. I don't want to overthink it, I'm just trying to focus on the job to do.
What are you objectives?
As usual, I will try to find my place in the team and give all I have. I am very proud to be able to play against Brian O'Driscoll for his last game. I have never faced him before, he will bring everything he has, and I'll try to match up.
Where were you fourteen years ago when he scored those three tries in Paris?
I don't know, in school maybe! We'll see if the age difference works in my favor or his. He is such a symbol, he is a leader on the field. He has skills, he is a great defender, he has it all and can do anything! I don't think I should copy anyone in my learning process, but someone like O'Driscoll is undoubtedly a source of inspiration. I can only hope I'll be at his level in fourteen years.
You already had the pleasure to score a try in the RBS 6 Nations. What does it represent to start a game in the 6 nations?
It is an important moment for me in my young career. It is yet another step in my progression, I am very happy but this is not an end, and there is a lot to be done. Starting is a good thing, performing is another. Playing in the 6 nations is a dream come true, but I need to keep working to have more and more game time, to start more often.
Do you understand the fact that young players need to be protected, or do you feel ready to take on any challenge?
I feel ready. As a competitor and a professional player, I play against international players every other week-end. But I understand the coach's decision to keep me on the bench for a while.