England centre Jamie Noon faces the biggest possible test of his international credentials on Sunday when he comes face to face with Irish midfield genius Brian O'Driscoll.
But Noon is relishing the prospect as England find themselves in an unfamiliar position of RBS 6 Nations underdogs.
Ireland skipper O'Driscoll, back on duty after missing his team's 40-point romp against Scotland earlier this month through injury, poses a formidable barrier to England's hopes of picking up a first win of the tournament.
"At the moment, you are going to be pushed to find a better centre," said Noon, in acknowledgement of the challenge that lies ahead.
"He (O'Driscoll) has proved over a long period of time that he is world class. He is not quite the complete player, but he is very close to it.
"You can't be labelled the best centre in the world without being nearly perfect, and he is on the way."
Noon, who is enjoying a continued England run in the absence of an injured Mike Tindall, could give his own long-term international chances a considerable boost by starring against such a high-class opponent.
After an average display against Wales, he looked far more the part when France arrived at Twickenham eight days later. England though, lost both games, and the pressure is now well and truly on.
"Hopefully as a team, we are finding our feet," Noon added. "There was a bit more cohesion in the last game, and hopefully, that can now continue and we can really string some good performances together.
"Playing for your country is massive, and there is always going to be a huge amount of pressure. The nation's expectation is riding on the result.
"But for me personally, I want to stay in the team and to perform well. I have my own inner-pressure that I place on myself to perform well."