The slightly-built 26-year-old Toulouse goalkicking scrum-halfadded that while Galthie had obviously left quite a mark on the team he hoped tomake his own in double quick time on his fifth appearance for les Tricolores.
Elissalde, the third from his family to be capped by Francefollowing his grandfather Laurent Bidart and father Jean-Pierre who amassed sixcaps between them, said while he was delighted to have beaten Dimitri Yachvili tothe starting spot he knew that a lot of expectation had been placed onhim.
"At the moment I am very happy, but I know that Saturdaycould bring a very different emotion," said Elissalde, who missed out on the WorldCup squad after failing to impress against Wales in the Six Nations.
"I wasn't expecting to be selected as Dimitri had beenFabien's number two for most of the Six Nations last year and the World Cup but perhapsmy performances for Toulouse and my partnership with (France fly-half)Frederic Michalak got me the nod."
Elissalde said that having failed to make his mark permanentlysince his debut back in 2000 he realised this was a massive test for him.
"This is an important stage of my career," admittedElissalde, who came to rugby relatively late after playing football because he thought hissmall frame wouldn't cope with the more physical demands of rugby.
"It makes me a little frightened but I will shoulder the
Elissalde was phlegmatic about whether his reborn internationalcareer would be as durable and as glittering as Galthie's - though the nowretired scrum-half had to make several comebacks from injuries and fallingout with his various coaches.
"I don't know," he said. "My career could be longor it could be short. I've had good times and bad ones in my career so I won't bemaking any bold predictions.
"Obviously Fabien had quite an influence over the team andleaves a huge gap but I hope that I can stamp my mark on them as well," headded.
French captain Fabien Pelous, who replaced Galthie as skipperafter the World Cup, said his Toulouse team-mate's revival was down to himgoing back to the drawingboard when things didn't work out.
"He completely reinvented himself and has worked really hardto get back into the team, it has worked out for him and I am very pleased andproud for him," said Pelous.
Pelous and the rest of France will be considerably prouder of himshould France prevail on Saturday and then Elissalde could be on course tobecome the first in his family to really enjoy a long and fruitful internationalcareer. AFP