Bundee Aki has heaped praise on Chris Farrell ahead of Ireland's Italy clash.
Munster's Farrell is in contention to be involved in the '23 for the third Six Nations clash.
Fellow centre Aki is primed to start and is looking forward to Farrell's further involvement.
He was speaking at the Ireland press conference in the build-up to Sunday's Italy clash.
"Chris is a big boy. I think he's well able to look after himself at the moment," he said.
"But he's been very good. Obviously, he stepped in last year against Argentina and he played very well in that game. He got Man of the Match and then he hasn't played since. He came back in against Scotland and played very well as well.
"I just think the player that Chris is, he's an unbelievable player. He's got a good skill-set, he's a big lad and he's hard to take down.
"Obviously, when you've got a guy like him running down your channel, you're a bit scared. And I know I would be too."
The Connacht player has had a number of centre partners since he made his Ireland debut.
"The good thing about it is you're trying to create combinations with different people," he said.
"It's really cool so you know how other guys play and what they like to do."
Aki also touched on the internal communications which he and his fellow Connacht contingent loop into.
"We have micro-chats," he said in reference to different positions discussing aspects of the game separately.
"The lads are very comfortable with each other in this group. They're not shy or afraid to ask questions to each other."
We'll also be building up to Italy vs Ireland tonight on Wednesday Night Rugby.