Tonga's Telusa Veainu is relishing a first international meeting with his nuisance of a neighbour and Leicester Tigers team mate Manu Tuilagi when they face England in their Rugby World Cup opener on Sunday.
The 28-year-old fullback said Samoan-born Tuilagi had helped him settle into life in England following his 2015 move and also deal with the disappointment of being out of action for eight months due to a foot injury last year.
Tuilagi is no stranger to injuries having come back from career-threatening groin, hamstring and knee problems to make Eddie Jones' World Cup squad.
"He lives less than 100 metres from me and can be a nuisance sometimes. But he helped me settle in (at Leicester) and he has been through some dark times with injuries as well," Veainu told a news conference on Wednesday.
"He told me everything happens for a reason. If I hadn't got injured I would have missed my daughter's birth last November because I would have been with Tonga in Wales."