During his youth, Ken Pisi pretended to be Brian O’Driscoll – now he gets the chance to prove himself against his childhood hero.
O’Driscoll and his star-studded Leinster team head to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday (kick-off 6pm) for a crunch clash with Saints in Heineken Cup Pool 1.
It is the centre’s final season before he calls time on a glittering career that has seen him gather a plethora of trophies at home and abroad.
And Pisi, who, at 24, is 10 years younger than the British & Irish Lions and Ireland legend, can’t wait to square up to the man who inspired him.
“It’s my first time playing against O’Driscoll,” said the Samoan wing.
“When I was young, I was watching him on television and pretending I was him.
“On Saturday, it will be really good to finally play against him.
“I admired his skill and everything about his game. He’s been one to watch.
“He’s awesome and hopefully I’ll get to play against him and beat him as well.
“I always relish the challenge of these Heineken Cup games and I’m really looking forward to it.”