Whether it?s packing down at tighthead prop or doing interviews with pushy journalists, Chris Horsman does not yield an inch.
Just ask Mike Worsley who opposed him on Harlequins? behalf last Saturday, only to receive as thorough a routing as can have been administered to any Premiership forward this season. Worsley?s one consolation was that he wasn?t alone that day.
If there is such a thing, Worcester?s intransigent 27-year-old is the front-row equivalent of hot property, unlikely to be bearing all but his unmentionables in any advertising campaign, he is nonetheless the subject of an intense bout of multi-national eulogising.
It seems only a matter of time before he makes it into the international arena. Wales want him, England need him and Sir Clive Woodward, head coach of the British Lions, knows him. It?s a good time to be Chris Horsman.
Not that it?s gone to his head. He won?t even tell you which country he wants to play for.
?It would be very arrogant of me to say I want to play for this team or that. I haven?t even been selected yet,? is his dead-batted assertion.
Horsman is currently in some sort of international twilight zone, living in Bridgend with his wife and two children, he will qualify to play for the Principality in May.
But he considers himself a ?Bath-boy born and bred?, an association which clearly leads him in the direction of the Red Rose.
He won?t admit which national anthem would make his heart beat faster. ?I?ve never been in that position so how would I know??
If there is a fly in the ointment it?s that England coach Andy Robinson doesn?t seem to see what Woodward does. While Robinson takes his team into Sunday?s crucial Six Nations match in Ireland with his third tighthead of the tournament, the Welsh are making Horsman feel loved.
?The Welsh management have been brilliant,? is as strong as it gets. Although he is not yet eligible to play, he has been training with the Wales squad for a while and is almost certain to go on their tour to North America in the summer. Unless England get there first of course, there?s still two more squads to be announced.
There might also be the pleasant problem of a late itinerary change, instead of going off to the United States and Canada with the Land of Someone Else?s Fathers, as a recipient of one of Woodward?s Lions motivational packs, he could find himself a British Lion in New Zealand.
It?s enough to make your tighthead spin. Except Horsman?s stopped a long time ago. Having represented England as an Under-16 and Under-18 he was progressing through the ranks nicely until he reached a glass ceiling. Nowadays he?d just push it back, he wasn?t so mature then though.
?I was in the Under 21 side and had been in the England training squad and people were saying I was not far off,? he recalled. ?Being a Bath boy it was all so important to me that I couldn?t think about anything else.?
When it is suggested to him that he could become a rugby rarity, an uncapped Lion, his demeanour softens slightly. ?I don?t think so, but that would be unbelievable,? he almost chuckled.
?Even being considered in that group of 100 players is one of the high points of my career so far.?
Another landmark would be keeping Worcester in the Premiership. When Horsman went to Sixways in the summer the perception was that he would be part of a side doomed to return whence they came.
Their respective seasons got off to a bad start. Worcester lost with regularity while Horsman was forced to wait for his broken wrist to heal before he could get his teeth stuck into his first Premiership campaign since leaving Bath two years previously.
Since then, Worcester have consolidated and are far from the worst team in the top-flight and, if they can find a way to beat Sale tonight, they could be safe from relegation.
The Sharks handed Worcester a terrible beating in September, scoring eight tries in a 57-3 rout and while that game came during Horsman?s enforced absence, he is desperate to return the compliment.
The Stockport side will be without their England quartet of Jason Robinson, Mark Cueto, Charlie Hodgson and Andy Titterrell, France?s Sebastian Bruno as well as a couple of other internationals who are injured.
Given the impressive nature of Worcester?s home form it?s not too difficult to imagine a world in which the hosts win their sixth match out of the last eight. That?s a record more suited to a Heineken Cup spot than one preserved for relegation.
But once more he won?t budge. ?They?ll still have more internationals than us and it?ll be very tough,? he said. ?Even if we win we still have work to do.?
ZURICH PREMIERSHIP: Worcester v Sale, Sixways, 8pm.
WORCESTER: Delport; Pieters, Rasmussen, Lombard, O?Leary; Brown, Powell; Macleod-Henderson, Sanderson (capt), Hickey, Gillies, Collier, Horsman , van Niekerk, Windo. Replacements: Fortey, Murphy, Daly, Vaili, Cole, Hayes, Trueman.
SALE: Hanley; Mayor, Payne, Rhys-Jones, Wigglesworth; Hercus, Bryan Redpath (captain); Turner, Roddam, Stewart, Day, Schofield, Caillet, Carter, Chabal. Replacements from: Bozzi, Coutts, Anglesea, Lund, Martens, Riley, Duffy, Jones.