Danny Cipriani has cleared the first hurdle on a comeback trail that should lead to Twickenham next month.
Cipriani played for 51 minutes of Wasps' Guinness Premiership home defeat against Bath last night - his first game since suffering an horrific ankle injury more than four months ago.
With dislocated-knee victim Jonny Wilkinson battling to play again before Christmas, Wasps fly-half Cipriani's return will have delighted England manager Martin Johnson.
Cipriani, who replaced Wilkinson and kicked 18 points when England beat Ireland in their final game of last season's RBS 6 Nations Championship, is favourite to wear the number 10 shirt in a November 8 autumn Test opener against the Pacific Islanders.
"I was very happy to get through the match, but disappointed we lost," said Cipriani, after Wasps suffered a fourth defeat in five games - losing 27-23.
"Obviously, I was a bit rusty at first. I made some mistakes, which I know I can eradicate from my game after I've looked at the analysis.
"I thought my goalkicking was good, and I felt a bit more confident with my defence."
Bath, though, ensured they gatecrashed Cipriani's Adams Park homecoming as tries from Pieter Dixon, Matt Stevens, Michael Claassens and Joe Maddock secured a bonus-point 27-23 win that took the west country club top.
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.