After injury wrecked his chances of impressing British & Irish Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward during the recent RBS 6 Nations, Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy may yet be able to prove his form in Leinster's European Cup clash with Leicester on Saturday.
The Irish province have not given up hope of both D'Arcy and Shane Horgan featuring, with both players being named in a 27-man squad for Saturday's Lansdowne Road quarter-final, and Leinster coach Declan Kidney said it is "possible" they could be fit.
D'Arcy featured for just 33 minutes in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship due to a hamstring injury.
And his fellow threequarter Horgan missed Ireland's defeats against France and Wales because of a thumb problem, but Kidney will give them as long as possible to recover.
Mako Vunipola may be his rival for a starting spot in England's front row but Joe Marler is ecstatic to have his fellow loosehead back in the international fold - claiming it will spur him on to even greater heights.