Leinster scrum-half Isaac Boss is wary of Connacht duo Mils Muliaina and Bundee Aki’s qualities ahead of their Guinness PRO12 clash on Friday.
Connacht, who are on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, will enter the Irish derby showdown at the RDS in confident mood.
One reason for their positive spell, according to former New Zealand U19 team-mate Boss, is the arrival of the experienced Muliaina.
“I know him well,” said Boss, speaking to PRO12Rugby.com.
“He’s played a hundred games for the All Blacks and has an unbelievable amount of experience, especially with the young back line they have got.
“He was with the All Blacks from a young age but had a couple of significant injuries over the last few years as well and could have won a lot more than 100 caps.
“He is a leader but he doesn’t just lead by talk. He is very skilful and has that experience of knowing what to do and when to do it. He is a good guy and a lot of young players are feeding off him over there.
“We’ve been in touch by text but I know he is enjoying it here. Before he came he wanted to make an impact and these are the sort of games he wants to be involved in.”
Boss added: “You have Bundee Aki as well who is another talented player. I don’t know if it’s added too much of a different dimension to the side but it strengthens them.
“It takes the load off the younger guys’ shoulders; they can express themselves a bit more and that is probably key for Connacht.
“You have Mils and Bundee and they have the experience to take hard decisions or step up to the plate if they need to and let the rest of the guys just worry about their own performance.
“They are getting stronger as the season is going on and it’s going to be a really tough assignment for us.”