Wales back-row forward Josh Navidi can class World Cup-winning New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and England players among his many admirers.
But Navidi admits he would probably not have believed anyone four years ago who predicted him being part of Wales’ World Cup squad in Japan.
The 28-year-old Cardiff Blues player has become a pivotal cog in Wales boss Warren Gatland’s finely-tuned machinery.
Navidi has won 14 of his 21 Wales Tests, and his versatility is underlined by him switching from number eight to blindside flanker against Pool D opponents Fiji on Wednesday.
He has also worn the number seven shirt and captained Wales, with Gatland readily acknowledging his considerable ability.
Navidi went four years between winning his first and second caps, but he is now arguably one of the first names on Gatland’s team sheet.
Navidi’s immediate thoughts are on Fiji, when he partners back-row colleagues James Davies and Ross Moriarty, knowing that a victory in Oita would confirm Wales’ quarter-final place one group game inside the distance.