England fly-half Charlie Hodgson is braced for anything and everything in the Millennium Stadium pressure cooker on Saturday during the RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales - even opposition sledging.
Hodgson experienced some trademark Australian chat when the Wallabies triumphed 21-19 at Twickenham earlier this season.
And it was not a memorable occasion for Hodgson, who also failed with two straightforward penalty chances that hardly helped the English cause on an afternoon when Australia gained further revenge following their 2003 World Cup final defeat.
Those missed kicks - vital in the game's context - raised question marks about his ability to thrive when the pressure is at its most intense.
A week earlier, he amassed 27 points - equalling Jonny Wilkinson's England individual record against South Africa - as the Springboks were smashed into submission on the same Twickenham pitch.
But the Wallabies defeat is what Hodgson and his England team-mates must put behind them as they prepare for a tough baptism in this season's championship.
"You learn from what happens in previous games and previous international matches," said Sale Sharks playmaker Hodgson, who again wears England's number 10 jersey with Wilkinson out injured.
"I was talking to Andy Robinson (England head coach) after we played Australia, and he said that two missed kicks don't lose you the game. As far as everything goes else in that game, I was happy with it.
"I think the more you play within a team, the more settled you become and the more settled you become with the people around you.
"Thankfully, I got the chance to play in the three autumn internationals, and hopefully that can continue throughout the Six Nations.
The Wallabies also gave Hodgson plenty of verbal stick, and he added: "I hadn't experienced that before.
"That is one thing I can take out of the Australia game, and be prepared for sledging in a pressure environment."
In preparing for the Six Nations, there has even been some mock sledging at England training.
"It's not everyone sledging me, just a few people who are around in training kicking at the same time," Hodgson said.
"If they get a chance to give me a few words, or even just throw a ball in the line of sight, anything to try to put you off, it's good practice and preparation."
Wales will hope to do their talking on the scoreboard as they chase a first victory of the new millennium against England.
And Hodgson, who wins his 15th cap in an England side showing five changes from the team sunk by Australia, accepts it is a taxing mission.
"There are some great players in the Welsh midfield. Gavin Henson is playing well, and he has shown what a tremendous performer he is," he added.
After Ireland's heroic big-game hunt of the Springboks and Scotland's six-try runaround of the Pumas, the challenge of engineering the most spectacular win of the autumn series now falls on Wales, writes Peter Jackson.