Former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell is in pole position to claim the England inside centre position for the RBS 6 Nations after recent impressive performances for Saracens.
Farrell produced a piece of magic with his first touch of the ball, after 72 seconds, on Sunday against Narbonne in the European Cup.
A beautifully timed long pass to Tomas de Vedia allowed the Argentina A wing to burst into the corner.
De Vedia went on to score four tries, Farrell popping up twice in the sweeping move that completed the wing's hat-trick and clinched a bonus point on the stroke of half-time as Saracens scored seven tries in their 47-20 win.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.