Wales boss Wayne Pivac says that George North has "got the bit between his teeth" heading into Saturday's Guinness Six Nations showdown against France.
The Ospreys wing has enjoyed a stellar Wales career, scoring 40 tries in 93 Tests, with only Shane Williams touching down more times for his country.
Despite that pedigree, though, North came in for criticism from some pundits following an ineffective display when Wales lost to Ireland in Dublin 12 days ago.
France and Ireland are the only two countries still with Grand Slam chances this season.
And although Les Bleus have not won a Six Nations game in Cardiff since 2010, they will arrive with former Wales defence expert Shaun Edwards in their coaching ranks.
Pivac's starting line-up on Saturday has a total of 859 caps - a new Six Nations record.