England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson could make his return from injury in a pre-season friendly later this month.
Wilkinson, who successfully converted the drop-kick which handed England the World Cup in Australia last year, is now fully fit following surgery on his shoulder and is set to make his comeback for the Newcastle Falcons against Irish outfit Connacht on August 17.
The 25-year-old, who was ruled out of England's summer tour to New Zealand and Australia, has not played since last December.
He damaged a nerve between his spine and his shoulder and aggravated the injury playing for Newcastle.
England Under-20s head coach Martin Haag was full of praise for his World Rugby Under-20 Championship-winning side after Harry Mallinder inspired them to a 45-21 win over their Irish counterparts and a third title in four years.