Wasps flanker Joe Worsley has described any prospect of toppling France on home soil as a prospective career highlight.
Worsley, who wins his 48th cap this weekend, was in England's starting line-up for the past two failed Paris missions - experiences which underline an acute degree of difficulty he knows awaits the world champions on Sunday.
"It is just such a difficult place to go to and win a game," he said.
"The only way you are going to win it is by really fronting up and having a physical battle with them.
"Normally, every time they play us they seem to come out of the blocks flying. I remember playing there two years ago and they were exceptional in the first half.
"We actually fought back but couldn't quite pull it off - and we are under no illusions this is going to be an extremely tough match."
England must pick themselves up after a dismal Calcutta Cup defeat against Scotland two weeks ago, an occasion when they made three times fewer tackles and three times more passes than their opponents - but still lost 18-12.
"If you look at the statistics from the Scotland game it should have been a one-sided match," said Worsley.
"But rugby is not like that. Scotland defended amazingly well and pulled off a great victory, and we have had to address what we do with the ball and how we use it.
"We were pretty happy with the first-half performance (at Murrayfield), but I felt the game slowed down in the second period and became very stop-start - whereas previously it had been quite fluid.
"If we win on Sunday we've got a chance of winning the tournament. But lose it, and we are really playing for third place.
"I am always optimistic but also well aware of the magnitude of the task ahead. To win out there would be one of the highlights of my career."
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.