England Under-20 star Tom Homer says he can't wait to test himself against Welsh scoring sensation Kristian Phillips when the two teams clash at Kingsholm on Friday night.
Wales boss Warren Gatland sprung a major surprise by including the 19-year-old winger in his senior international squad earlier this season.
But Phillips will have to wait for his full international bow after linking back up with the Under-20 set-up and will come face to face with Homer who finished as top scorer in last year’s IRB Junior World Championship.
The versatile London Irish youngster starts at centre but has also played at full-back and on the wing for the Exiles and is keen to use his deadly boot to fire England past Wales in the RBS 6 Nations opener.
He said: “Kristian Phillips has been training with the first team and I think he is in the team to play us at Kingsholm so he will probably be their biggest scoring threat as he is having a great season.
“Wales are an ambitious and very physical side so they will be tough to beat. I was top scorer in the World Cup last year and that has given me confidence.
“My kicking has improved over the last year or so but going into the Six Nations games we know that it is not going to be a breeze and there will be some very tough games ahead of us.
“It was a great experience playing in Tokyo last year in the World Cup and personally it did a lot to improve my game, hopefully we can go one better this year and win the tournament.
“The pitches out there were great and perfectly flat and we had crowds of eight or nine thousand at some of the games so it was a brilliant experience.
“We can’t look too far ahead though as we need to be concentrating on our next game which is Wales.
“I’m really looking forward to the experience of playing at Kingsholm tonight as I haven’t played there before so I am really looking forward to the game.
“It’s famous for its atmosphere so hopefully there will be a big crowd there.”