Tom Varndell has been thrown back in at the deep end of international rugby after receiving a late call to replace injured wing Paul Sackey on England's tour of New Zealand.
Varndell will be joined on the trip by Wasps centre Dominic Waldouck, who has also been promoted from the England Saxons squad after Dan Hipkiss suffered a fractured cheekbone in Saturday's Premiership final.
Toby Flood and Charlie Hodgson were both cleared to fly with the squad to Auckland despite taking blows to the head during England's laboured win over the Barbarians.
Varndell, leading try-scorer in the Premiership this season, originally missed out on senior selection in a tight call to Topsy Ojo, with Martin Johnson and Rob Andrew deciding he would benefit more from guaranteed game time at the Churchill Cup.
That suited Varndell fine. While the 22-year-old would never turn down an England invitation, a senior tour to the toughest destination in world rugby was not how he planned to rebuild his international career.
Varndell has bitter memories of his last England experience, when he was selected as a fresh-faced teenager for the ill-fated 2006 tour of Australia.
England were thumped, Varndell was bullied by powerful Wallaby winger Lote Tuqiri and it wrecked his confidence. Within four months of returning home, Leicester had farmed him out on loan to Bedford.
After two tough years Varndell now feels "a wiser player and a better player". He is hungry to experience Test rugby again but is also wary of taking too great a leap too soon.
Only last week, in the build-up to the Premiership final, Varndell said: "I want to play for England again and I want to be a regular in the England side but after what happened before I don't want to be chucked straight into it again.
"Yes I am the top try-scorer but I want to build my way back into the England squad. That is much better than being chucked straight back in for a tour to New Zealand."
But the fact is, Varndell now has a strong chance of lining up against the haka in Auckland a week on Saturday because England travel armed with just three specialist wingers in Varndell, Ojo and Harlequins' David Strettle.
The versatile Mathew Tait has spent time on the wing for England but without much success and it would appear Andrew has the choice of two from three.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.