Bath pivot George Ford has praised his new half-back partner Kahn Fotuali'i saying the Samoa international is one of the best scrum-halves he's ever played with.
Ford has played alongside esablished Test scrum-halves like Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Peter Stringer but after less than three full matches with Fotuali'i as his number nine, he is already raving about his team-mate.
"He's been brilliant," Ford told the Bath Chronicle.
"He's probably one of the best nines I've ever played with.
"His understanding of the game is second to none. His feel of the game – when to pass, when to kick, when to get the forwards into play, when to go to the backs – comes very natural to him."
Fotuali'i joined Bath during the off season from Northampton Saints and his partnership with Ford played a big part in helping Bath to victories over his former side and against Newcastle in their first two Premiership matches.
Ford also said it's not just Fotuali'i's stereotypical scrum-half play which has impressed him, as the 34-year-old has also done well on defence.
"One of the strongest parts of his game is his defence, as you saw against Saints," added the England fly-half.
"He made eight tackles and probably six he drove their players back. He's like having another back rower out there for us.
"Kahn's such a nice lad off the field as well and I'm really looking forward to playing more with him."