TOKYO, 24 Oct - He used to dream about being Jonah Lomu. And while Manu Tuilagi has become England's most destructive wrecking ball, the Leicester centre says no one will ever replicate the power and pace of the most famous player to wear the All Blacks No.11 jersey.
Lomu's four-try destruction of England will forever be remembered as the day rugby changed, the winger helping New Zealand dismantle Will Carling's England team 45-29 in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final.
Twenty-four years later, it is Tuilagi, pictured, who could destroy New Zealand's hopes of a third successive World Cup triumph by reproducing the form that caused them so much trouble at Twickenham in 2012 and earned England a 38-21 win.
In that match it was the All Blacks, including the then captain Richie McCaw, left on the turf as Tuilagi powered his way forward. It will take similar heroics to deliver England victory in Saturday's semi-final at International Stadium Yokohama.
That day, Tuilagi scored an intercept try, delivered a brilliant inside ball for Brad Barritt to finish off and then punched a big hole in the All Blacks defence for Chris Ashton to finish in style.
A member of Samoa's most famous rugby family, the 28-year-old watched the All Blacks growing up: "Big Jonah. I am a massive fan. Just the way he played. No one played like him and he is a big legend of the game. You try to be like him but you don't succeed."
After a career interrupted by injury, Tuilagi is just happy to be on the pitch. But what about his performance in that 2012 victory, pictured.
"It was a good day and a good win, but it's not about that day now. It is all about Saturday. You take the learnings from the game and hopefully put them into this game at the weekend.
"Everyone just doing their job, not doing anything amazing. That is exactly what we need to do. Just focus on your own job and do it the best you can. Then the performance will take care of itself.
"It's probably the biggest game of our lives and it is tough trying to get yourselves in the right place, mentally and physically. You try to build slowly from Monday up to kick-off. You've just got to get the balance right. Being excited, but also clear and controlled.
"It's an honour to stand there in front of the haka and accept the challenge. You respect it. For me, we grew up watching it on TV, so to finally stand in front of it - it is amazing."