Italy coach Pierre Berbizier is playing down the significance of leading the Azzurri against his home nation in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday.
Berbizier is looking forward to his first match at the Stade de France after playing for and coaching France, but only in the era before the venue was built for the 1998 football World Cup and when Les Bleus used to play at the Parc des Princes.
That means he will get his first competitive experience of the state-of-the-art venue when his Italy team look for what would be a first-ever RBS 6 Nations win away from Rome.
Berbizier was keen not to make too much of the fact that he was playing against his homeland, saying: "The fact that I am French matters only to a certain point.
"It will be great playing at the Stade de France where I have never played or coached. That's all.
"But we have prepared for this match just as we did for the games with Ireland and England."
Italy acquitted themselves well in both those games, being unfortunate to lose 26-16 in Dublin and then giving England a run for their money before losing 31-16 in Rome.
However, Berbizier is expecting a rough ride in Paris and said: "France are a top quality side and it will be very hard for us to perform at the level we want to.
"It's important we perform at 100 per cent of our capability and profit from any mistakes they (France) make."
Meanwhile, Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco believes the Berbizier factor could weigh in favour of his team in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown at the Stade de France.
Berbizier, a former France coach who replaced New Zealander John Kirwan as Italy boss last year, has brought a change in style to the Azzurri and Bergamasco believes that will stand the Italians in good stead when they face Bernard Laporte's side.
"We know how strong the players are," the elder of the Bergamasco brothers said.
"Maybe they did not play at their best against Scotland and Ireland but the quality of our opponents is top class."
Bergamasco believes the new-look Italy could unsettle France, who lost their opening RBS 6 Nations fixture 20-16 in Scotland but bounced back to beat Ireland 43-31 in their next game.
"Perhaps in our favour there is the fact so many Azzurri players are playing in the Top 14 in France," said Bergamasco.
"But for them the new Italian team of Pierre Berbizier is different - they have only seen it on TV - and that's a great advantage."
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