World Cup winner Mike Catt has tipped England Under-20 star Tom Homer to become the world's deadliest kicker.
Attack coach Catt has taken versatile back Homer under his wing at London Irish for whom he has weighed in with 22 and 19-point hauls against Bath and Quins this year.
But the 20-year-old’s hunger to improve has taken even Catt by surprise and the former England fly-half says the sky’s the limit in terms of his continuing development.
“Tom has been self-taught and that comes from hours and hours of rugby,” he said. “He is a special one.
“I like to think he can be the best goalkicker in the world because he is phenomenal when it comes to that sort of stuff.
“We need to work on a few things but once he has got that experience then the world’s his oyster.
“He has got a hell of a work ethic but can get frustrated when he can’t grasp small technical things.
“All the youngsters want it to happen now but it doesn’t happen instantly; it takes time and that’s why they get frustrated with themselves.
“You don’t get it in one session – it takes years of hard work – but he is prepared to put those hours in.”
It is not just his right prolific boot that has marked Homer out. In 2010, he has played at full-back, wing and centre in the Exiles backline all before his 20th birthday.
Versatility in rugby can be as much of a curse as a blessing; the likes of Austin Healey have paid the price for their range of gifts.
But Catt says experiencing life in different positions will be hugely beneficial in Homer’s long-term development.
He added: “It is great for a young guy to have that flexibility because you start to understand what the different positions need.
“We have asked him to play wing, centre and full-back which for a 19-year-old is pretty impressive in the Premiership. Very rarely has he let us down.
“Although he might not like it being chopped and changed from a game understanding perspective it will do him the world of good.
“It was the same with Delon Armitage and now he can turn round and start telling people what to do.
“That will help him with his communication but he has got pretty much everything to be honest.
“We just have to find him a position and make him central for it. We are going to give him the freedom to do whatever he wants to do on the pitch.”