Owen Farrell is in a striking mood today. It is almost surprising to compare how relaxed and amiable he appears in contrast to the intense and often fiery man who plays for Saracens and England.
Winning a Lions Test series is the ultimate challenge but flying out with a fully-fit 37-man tour squad in scintillating form remains almost as tricky an assignment.
A 38-man British and Irish Lions squad will finally be unveiled on Tuesday after an intense 11th-hour debate over the potential inclusion of Jonny Wilkinson.
England have suffered some horrible Six Nations fates in Dublin in recent years, but this time it is Ireland who are being advised to brace themselves.
Owen Farrell believes England are on the road to becoming "a special team" as they prepare to travel to Dublin for Sunday's top-of-the-table encounter with Ireland.
He has grown a beard, but even now, at the age of 28, he looks somehow too boyish to be an international lock.
England's interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has backed Owen Farrell to rise to the occasion when he assumes the pivotal role of fly-half against Wales on Saturday.