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Louis Picamoles' power won't scare Samuela Vunisa

Samuela Vunisa will draw World Cup inspiration from replacing "hero" and injured Italy captain Sergio Parisse for tonight's clash with France.

Saracens No.8 Vunisa has branded his battle with France counterpart Louis Picamoles "David versus Goliath", but the 120kg Fiji-born loose forward is no shrinking violet.

Italy's talismanic loose forward Parisse will miss the Azzurri's Pool D opener after failing to recover in time from a calf haematoma.

Vunisa vowed not to try to emulate Parisse's lynchpin style, instead aiming to impose his bullish ball-carrying on Les Bleus.

"Replacing a hero in the team is a really humbling moment," said Vunisa.

"Sergio really helped me when I first arrived, he's always been there in my first few games.

"It will be an honour to play against Picamoles, he's one of the best number eights around.

"It is a big test for me. It will be like David versus Goliath."

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