When Tuilagi clashes with opposing centre Bastareaud… the noise will be heard from space
22:19 GMT, 18 February 2013
06:05 GMT, 19 February 2013
As Stuart Lancaster's England prepare to face off against France in the RBS Six Nations match this weekend, Sportsmail examines one of the key clashes to look out for at Twickenham.
England centre Manu Tuilagi has a contrasting style to his opposite number Mathieu Bastareaud, but the fact that both of these magnificent players relishes the rough and tumble makes this a clash of the titans.
Clash of the titans: Mathieu Bastareaud (right) and Manu Tuilagi (left) are set to go head-to-head
Story: Born in the village of Fatausi-Fogapoa, but bred in the Leicester Tigers academy. Was forced to play with older kids for fear of injuring those his age.
They just weren't big enough.
Style: Brings the beaches of Samoa to west London. Seeks contact like a homing missile and relishes physicality.
If there is an easy way round he will find a way through. Most dangerous when smiling.
Danger man: Tuilagi relishes the physical battles in the centre of the field
Weakness : Reputation for indiscipline in defence. Not the world's slickest passer. Refuses to roll up his socks.
Controversy: The fifth and final act of England's World Cup meltdown came when Tuilagi decided to jump off a ferry in Auckland after a day out 'celebrating' with the boys.
Story: Born into a football family but quickly became the star of the youth academy at French third division side SU Massy.
Style: Fleet-footed step and change of pace belies his massive frame and many chins. Capable of enormous defensive hits and more mobile than he should be.
Weakness : Would be a front-row prop in any other era so fades in the final minutes and his defence on his outside foot can be exploited.
In the mix: Bastareaud powers through his France team-mates during training
Controversy: Caused a diplomatic incident in 2009 when he claimed he was assaulted by five men in Wellington, forcing the Prime Minister to apologise.
It turned out he was drunk in his hotel room and injured his face when he fell over.