Leinster’s Jonny Sexton is relishing the chance to pit his wits against New Zealand’s World Cup hero Stephen Donald when his side visit Bath in the Heineken Cup this weekend.
Sexton has been in fine form since a disappointing World Cup with Ireland – guiding Leinster to the top of the RaboDirect PRO 12 table, as well as the summit of their Heineken Cup pool.
Donald meanwhile, has made an impressive start at the Rec after swapping life at the Chiefs in his native New Zealand for Bath – outshining France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc in Heineken Cup action against Montpellier last month.
And Sexton is only too aware of the challenge his opposite number will pose this weekend.
“He's a good player," said Sexton. "He obviously hasn't played too much for Bath so we haven't got too much footage of him there. But he's quite a big guy and likes to go to the line a lot.
“I'm sure he'll test me out defensively so I've got to be ready for that. He's a good passer of the ball and a good kicker. He's a really good threat for them so we'll have to watch out for him.
“He showed great bottle because he obviously got a lot of stick in the press over there for the last couple of years. So to respond like that at the World Cup, I'm sure he was absolutely delighted.”