Richie Gray is aiming to make his presence felt as Scotland go in search of a first RBS 6 Nations win over France in Paris on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Glasgow Warriors second row enjoyed a strong showing in the autumn internationals as Scotland extended their record to five wins out of six Tests entering the Six Nations. And Gray is eager to help Scotland, who left Edinburgh for Paris on Thursday, to a first win in the French capital since 1999.
"We've got to go out there and really rattle the French in the first 10, 20 minutes, try not let them get that rhythm," said Gray. "They're a fantastic side, fantastic with ball in hand and really strong up front. We'll need to do everything in our power to stop that."
After helping Scotland bounce back from a 49-3 loss to New Zealand with victories over world champions South Africa and Samoa, Gray was praised for his displays.
But he is ignoring the plaudits for now and is keen to test himself against a formidable French pack in his first Six Nations start.
Gray, who will win his seventh cap on Saturday, added: "I won't be looking too much into that. I'm just looking to perform my best and do what I can to help the team out.
"The dark arts is something the French are really good at - a really aggressive pack. I look forward to going up against them.
"I'm really excited, but also quite nervous.
"I'm looking into everything, playing against the French and also the stadium that we'll be in - a fantastic stadium and a fantastic crowd.
"I'm really looking forward to the whole occasion."