Lee Briers will follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Davies on Saturday if he can lead Wales to European Nations Cup glory in Carcasonne against France (kick-off 5pm CET).
Davies was the last Wales skipper to lift the trophy which coincidently was also in France following a 22-10 win in Carcassonne in 1995.
Briers plays in the stand-off position, just like Davies used to and like Davies, he has played out of his skin for Wales in a European Cup campaign.
Briers was the man of the match in both of Wales� group matches and it is those performances that have led to comparisons with the former dual-code international.
Briers said: �I�ve been very pleased with my performance so far in the tournament and it is an honour to be mentioned in the same light as such a great player like Jonathan.
I�m happy to have such a great team supporting me. Everyone�s put in excellent performances so far this autumn, the quality of our forwards especially have made my job a lot easier. I now hope we can all keep up the good work and win in France on Saturday.�
Wales coach Martin Hall, who starred with Davies ten years ago, adds: �I obviously can�t compare the players like for like but as far as terms as what Briers has done, it mirrors what Davies achieved in 1995. There�s plenty of similarities - two excellent performances, both stand-offs, both take the kicks and we�re playing the final in Carcassonne. They�re both great players in their own right.
�Briers has achieved what he has set out to do and led us to the final. We�re going to come up against a formidable team in France who could have easily beaten England a couple of weeks ago. It�s going to be tough.�
Wales� 20-man squad leave for France on Thursday morning.