Paul Doran-Jones is relishing the prospect of making his Test debut for England after being catapulted into the squad to face Argentina.
The Gloucester prop, 24, initially travelled to Pennyhill Park as cover for David Wilson but suddenly found himself on the bench to play Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday as England's injury crisis deepened.
It is a remarkable rise given Doran-Jones’ ambitions at the start of the season at Kingsholm were far less grand than winning his first England cap.
“I just wanted to learn as much as I could from Greg Somerville, do my apprenticeship if you like, and try to nail down a first team position at Gloucester,” he said.
Doran-Jones had been on the radar of England scrum coach Graham Rowntree, who has been impressed both by his technique and his athleticism around the park.
Nevertheless, there could hardly be a tougher baptism of fire than playing a debut Test in these circumstances against Argentina, who are the foremost scrummagers in world rugby.
"Graham picked up with me early in the season and said he liked what I was doing, and that there were a few technical aspects to take it forward but that I was in their plans," said Doran-Jones.
"I want to test myself against the best in the world. I have got to get my technical aspects right and take advice from the other senior boys, but if I get on I will just look to make the most of it, show what I am about and give it a good crack."