Martin Corry says it will be a "huge honour" to captain England against Italy and his team-mates have spent much of the week singing his praises as an inspirational leader.
Corry's colleagues have been quick to suggest he is cut from the same cloth as World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson but if there was ever a man to keep things in perspective, it is the man who lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy for England in November 2003.
"Jonno's not one to go over the top about anything," Corry said on Wednesday.
"He sent me a text message saying something like: 'All the pressure's on you now, the country expects'."
Johnson, as ever, was direct and straight to the point.
For all the "immense" pride Corry feels this week, nothing is bigger than England ending it with a victory over Italy in the RBS 6 Nations at Twickenham.
England have lost all three of their championship games and sit level with the Azzurri on the bottom of the table without a single point.
"Every time England take the field the public should expect England to win. We have let ourselves down so far," Corry admitted.
"The situation we find ourselves in is one we don't want to be in and never want to be in again in the future.
"We have a massive game on Saturday which maybe won't put everything right, but it will hopefully go some way to doing so.
"The next step is the biggest of all - winning matches and then winning consistently to do justice to what has happened in the last three games."
Corry made his debut for England against Argentina in 1997 but spent much of the next six years locked out of the starting XV by the established back row of Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill and Neil Back.
The retirement of Dallaglio finally opened the door. He was an immense force for England in the autumn and after recovering from an elbow injury, he carried that form into the RBS 6 Nations.
"Very early on in my international career I tried to just focus on myself and put selection to the back of mind," said Corry.
"If I knew I was doing everything I possibly could I should be able to be comfortable with myself.
"Everything I wanted was to start for England. You don't always get what you want and some have to work a lot harder than others to get it.
"Being captain was not something I have ever gone around seeking. It's not something I ever really prepared myself for but the honour of leading the side out can't be put it into words. It's immense."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.