Scotland vice-captain Ryan Wilson is confident his team can contain Fiji’s star player - and one of his good friends from their time together at Glasgow Warriors - Leone Nakarawa on Saturday.
Earlier in the week fellow back-row Josh Strauss revealed that Nakarawa, who played in Scotland from 2013 to 2016 before moving to France with Racing 92, “is the only guy I know in world rugby who can stand upright with his arm in the air, get hit by three people and not really move”.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was the man who brought the 30-year-old second-row to these shores five years ago when he was in charge of the Warriors, so he and his team are well versed in just how dangerous he can be in setting up Fijian attacks.
And Wilson, who looks set to win his 39th Scotland cap at BT Murrayfield at the weekend, has plans up his sleeve to stop the 6ft 7in, 19st 6lbs wrecking ball.
“We know what he's like, he was Euro player of the year last year,” the 29-year-old, said.
“He's a dangerous player, but we'll see, we can contain him. I can wind him up enough - I know what buttons to press!
“I met up with him on Tuesday night and he was joking and saying that they are all going to run over Finn [Russell, likely to start at 10 for Scotland].
“The thing with the Fijians is that you are not going to be able to contain all of them at once because they are all outstanding individual players.
“Over the last few days we have put a big focus on what we have to do: go out and play well, look after the ball, don't give them anything and hopefully come out on top.
“We know we're a fit team and with them maybe not so fit so we will be trying to play at tempo and looking to move the ball about, but anything 50/50 we will look after the ball and play a bit tighter than we did last week.”
Meanwhile, Scotland winger Sean Maitland admits it can be hard to prepare for defending against the unpredictable and powerful Fijian wide men.
The 30-year-old Saracens man missed last weekend’s loss in Wales because the game fell out with the international window.
He also sat out the summer tour, Townsend giving him some time off.
As a result cap number 35 seems set to come on Saturday against the South Sea Islanders who have progressed to 10thin the world rankings and Maitland said: “They’re wingers, they are certainly big boys.
“I’ve played a few times against them in Europe and in the Premiership down south and [Vereniki] Goneva and [Josua] Tuisova well they are dangerous players one-on-one, you really don’t want to give them too much space.
“The thing about the Fijians is that they’re pretty much developed at age 15 - massive. I obviously went to at school in New Zealand and we had a couple of Fijians come over from the islands and I just remember them being absolute freaks.
“Look, in terms of Saturday it’s going to be a great test for us in the backs because on paper they’ve got a great team - they have a lot of ‘X-factor’ players.
“For us it is exciting, we are back at Murrayfield and the last time I was at Murrayfield we played England [winning 25-3 in the Six Nations] so I have a lot of good memories from the stadium.”
The Scotland 23 for the match is due to be named on Thursday afternoon.
Scotland v Fiji is on Saturday, November 10 at 2.30pm