If Stephen Jones can shrug off the All Blacks' defence as neatly as he does questions on his rivalry with Jonny Wilkinson, then the Welsh fly-half could become one of the heroes of this Lions tour.
Jones belatedly arrived in New Zealand yesterday after helping his French club side, Clermont Auvergne, qualify for next season's Heineken Cup and was immediately quizzed on where he believes he sits in the Lions pecking order.
After all, when the initial 44 - man squad was announced, Sir Clive Woodward said Jones was firstchoice fly-half. Wilkinson, at that point, still had to prove his fitness and form.
While Jones was finishing off his club season, Wilkinson was added to the Lions squad and made an impressive return to international rugby against Argentina.
Does Jones fear Wilkinson, with that extra time in the camp, has leapfrogged him to be favourite for a Test start? Does he believe his Test chances have been damaged, given he has missed the first two matches and a week of team-bonding?
Typically for the amiable 27-year-old, Jones was diplomatic in almost everything he said. While the team ethos reigned supreme, Jones did not hold back on his desire to become the latest in a long line of Welsh Lions fly-halves.
He said: "It's been a very enjoyable year and I feel very proud to achieve the Six Nations Grand Slam and to finally get selected for the Lions is an honour. If you were to get that Test jersey, it would be a dream.
"I am definitely not going head-to-head (with Wilkinson). We are all here as British and Irish Lions. We want this to be a successful tour and be part of a successful team. Whoever gets selected will have the backing of those not involved.
"What's great is that all the players are available in the No 10 position. Everybody will have an opportunity to play and whoever makes the most of that will keep the shirt.
"Everybody in the squad has that mindset that they want to play in the Tests but there is so much competition. It's incredible."
Jones could have been driven to distraction by the attention that Wilkinson has received back home before he was finally confirmed in the squad and since he arrived here.
Wilkinson was the star attraction at the Lions' official Maori welcome in Rotorua on Monday and again for the 4,000 or so who turned up for yesterday's public training session.
But Jones has been cut off from it all in the foothills of the Massif Central, where he ended the campaign as the second-highest points-scorer in the French championship.
He said: "I really enjoyed the season in France. It is a different style of rugby. It's helped me, really. French rugby is quite unstructured and it makes you think on your feet, react in different situations very quickly.
"My club rugby has been quite intense because we were pushing for Europe. Although I have had the Lions in my mind, I have had to be quite focused on my club game.
"This season was all about enjoyment. It was a very special thing to be a part of that Wales team both on and off the field."
"I am delighted with the way things went with my club and to finally get here now, I can't wait."
Jones will be slightly off the Lions' pace for the first few days but is confident he can slot into things quickly now.
He said: "Over the next couple of days, I'll get into the rugby. Being in Cardiff for those couple of days [before the party flew out] was important because we were given presentations of the gameplan and it was good to get in there at day one. I don't know when I'll play, though. That's up to the coaches."