MENTION Wales to Will Greenwood and he positively purrs with happy memories.
His first victory in an England shirt came against the Welsh. So did his first international try. And, hey presto, so did his first hat-trick. In fact, with four tries in six appearances Greenwood has scored more tries against Wales than any other country.
No wonder he gets a "few cheap shots" from the locals when he visits his mum and dad, who live in north Wales.
On Sunday Greenwood will take his place in the centre against the men in red shirts once more needing just one touchdown to join Jeremy Guscott on 30 international tries as the second-most prolific try-scorer in England rugby history behind Rory Underwood (49).
The Welsh, whose stirring performance against New Zealand on Sunday has given the quarter-final a spicy edge, have good reason then to be concerned at his presence, especially when he reveals the anticipation in England's camp is bubbling like the gallons of champagne consumed to celebrate the Melbourne Cup.
"The England-Wales game will always be special for me," said Greenwood. "Past history is irrelevant. They're always fantastic games. Let's talk positives. How good were Wales on Sunday? Absolutely fantastic. I thought the Irish were also superb and it's great for the World Cup the way the home nations are performing.
"I don't think you'd find a more excited bunch of boys than the England squad at the moment and I'm sure the Welsh boys are the same. The atmosphere is building, the place is buzzing and I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world at the moment. It's going to be huge." Greenwood admitted he watched Wales give New Zealand a fright on Sunday with a mixture of pleasure for a home nation and concern that the rapidly-improving Welsh might be an unexpected handful. He adds though that England would not have treated whoever they might have faced with anything less than total respect.
"In a team captained by Martin Johnson the word complacency doesn't feature in the vocabulary," insisted Greenwood.
"Whoever we play we train the same, we focus the same and put the same enthusiasm, commitment and desire into every game. It was a great Welsh performance on Sunday. It was good to watch as a rugby fan never mind as a fellow competitor in the World Cup.
"They seemed to be creating opportunities left, right and centre and it shows everybody that come the last eight everyone has a crack at this. It's great knockout.
"We know that if they perform like that again we are under the cosh and will have to perform to our very best."
Greenwood accepted that England have not reached the supreme levels that took them to victories against Australia and New Zealand on their own soil in the summer - but is ambivalent about the criticism thrown at them, mostly from the host media.
"When you set high standards and you don't quite perform to them every game people will have opinions about how we are playing," he reasoned.
"As far as the players are concerned we have not gone away one iota from our ultimate goal - back end of November and a final.
"This World Cup will not be won by what's said in the media, it will be won by a well-drilled outfit on the day performing well.
"This squad has been through a lot these past few years. We've seen good times and bad times. We're just excited about training tomorrow, never mind the match at the weekend."
Greenwood, who despite spending a week back in England visiting his pregnant wife a fortnight ago, already has scored four tries this tournament wearing the number 13 shirt.
It's unlucky for some - usually the Welsh.