Danny Care has received a ringing endorsement as he prepares to join England's training squad - from axed scrum-half Andy Gomarsall.
Gomarsall, England’s World Cup final number nine barely four months ago, was dropped following last month’s unimpressive 23-19 RBS 6 Nations victory over Italy.
And he has now been excluded from a 30-man group that will assemble in Bath tomorrow evening before tackling Scotland at Murrayfield next Saturday.
Gomarsall, though, believes the 21-year-old uncapped Care’s form has proved worthy of attention.
Care is currently keeping Gomarsall out of the Harlequins team, having played a key role during successive Guinness Premiership victories over Worcester and Saracens.
Gomarsall said: “I have really enjoyed working with Danny - he has come on leaps and bounds.
“He is fully in control out there, whereas he wasn’t before. He is bossing the forwards and playing fantastically well.”
Leicester scrum-half Harry Ellis is set to launch his comeback later today following 10 months out recovering from a serious knee injury, while Sale’s unheralded Richard Wigglesworth has made a mark in England colours this season after Shaun Perry and Peter Richards suffered injury setbacks.
Northampton-bound Ben Foden, a former England Under-21 star, is another scrum-half battling for senior Test recognition, leaving Gomarsall enthusing about a deepening talent pool.
He added: “The Premiership is a great breeding ground for them, and they are flourishing.
“If they stay fit, they have big careers ahead of them. There is plenty of talent out there.”