Wesley Fofana's superb solo try brought brief joy for ardent France fans at Twickenham and he will certainly be the key man for les Bleus against Ireland on Saturday.
In a campaign devoid of quality for Philippe Saint-Andre's side, the Clermont Auvergne centre provided a piece of an undoubted class to score France's only try in a 23-13 loss.
Picking the ball up just shy of the halfway line, the 25-year-old burst past four England tacklers - Courtney Lawes, Joe Marley, Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton - in a display of tremendous athleticism and strength.
Next up for the Top 14 star is a trip to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, with the No12 looking to follow up his try against the Irish at the Stade De France last year.
On that occasion, when the ball broke to Fofana in midfield, the France powerhouse stormed past the European Player of the Year Rob Kearney to touch down in a 17-17 draw.
Fofana also scored a try in Clermont's 28-21 victory over reigning Heineken Cup champions Leinster in December, just to add to his air of invincibility.
In contrast, Declan Kidney has selected inexperienced Luke Marshall at No12 for Ireland, ensuring the Ulster man's honeymoon period in the international set-up will be under threat after an impressive debut in Scotland.
How Marshall's defence holds up against Fofana will be one of the keys to this contest and the 21-year-old will hope for plenty of support from his experienced team-mate and centre partner Brian O'Driscoll.