Chris Pennell looking to stay in Stuart Lancaster's plans
England new boy Chris Pennell is sure that he can fight for a place in next year's World Cup squad from outside the top flight.
Pennell was relegated with his Worcester Warriors side this year despite earning numerous plaudits for his individual performances.
That form saw the 27-year-old make his international debut during England's tour of New Zealand and he believes that now he has his foot in the door he can stay in Stuart Lancaster's plans.
"I had a conversation with Stuart Lancaster when I first arrived in camp at Lensbury and he said that being in the Championship wouldn't impact on his view of me as a player," the full-back told the Birmingham Mail.
"I think his experience with Leeds makes him aware that there are very strong players in the Championship who can make big progress given the opportunity."
Pennell admits he received offers from elsewhere to keep playing top-flight rugby but saw no reason to abandon the Warriors' ship.
"My view was that if an opportunity arose for me to go elsewhere there were no guarantees anyway,'' he added.
"So, fingers crossed, as long as I am doing all I can with Worcester, I can retain a place in the squad. I would love to, although I am well aware it will take a huge amount of hard work."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.