Ireland v South Africa
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 6 November Kick-off: 1730 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Sport website, Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Ulster MW; text commentary on BBC Sport website
Gordon D'Arcy will earn his 50th Irish cap on Saturday
Gordon D'Arcy has insisted that Ireland will match South Africa's physical intensity in Saturday's opening autumn Test at the Aviva Stadium.
The injury-ravaged Springboks are still certain to attempt to bully the Irish into submission but D'Arcy says the home team won't be cowed.
"The only way to face these guys is to stand toe to toe with them," said the Ireland centre.
"If there is any bullying to be done, we will do it."
D'Arcy will win his 50th cap in Saturday's match against the world champions but he has played down centre partner Brian O'Driscoll's suggestion that he should lead out the Irish at the Lansdowne Road venue.
"It's just a number. You can be sure I won't be leading the team out," said the 30-year-old, who says he is keen to avoid the limelight at this stage of his career.
"I suppose now I'm just happy playing rugby. I was probably more comfortable with the attention a few years ago.
"It makes me very, very uncomfortable now. I've nothing new to say.
"There are a lot of lads on the team closing in on the hundred cap mark, which is probably much more of an achievement.
"I've been around the same amount of time as them and have half the number of caps."
D'Arcy has developed a superb understanding with centre partner O'Driscoll over the years and the duo will hope to help unlock the Springboks defence on Saturday.
"I know the guy inside out," added D'Arcy.
"It's probably the one partnership where the level of communication is lower than in most cases because we read body language.
"We trust each other implicitly. He knows if he comes out I'll swing in behind and vice versa.
"He knows if I'm going to hit him with a pass or not. After 12 years you'd hope that's the case."