Highly-rated Worcester Warriors prop Matt Mullan could further enhance his international credentials with a strong performance against Bath tomorrow opposite England tighthead Matt Stevens.
Mullan, a Worcester academy product, produced an outstanding display last weekend when he took on Leicester's former England prop Julian White, earning himself rave reviews from Warriors boss Mike Ruddock.
Ruddock said: "Matt, in my opinion, will play for England. He is a fantastic young player, totally dedicated and is only just 21.
"He did really well up against Julian White, and around the field, he has a great work-rate. He has also played hooker for us, and in my mind, he is the modern-day prop forward.
"It is a big statement to make, but I've seen people over the years - players like (Wales international) Colin Charvis - who you know straight away will be good enough to play for their country, so I am quite confident in my statement.
"I wouldn't want to put extra pressure on him as a young prop by saying how soon - he still has to go through the highs and lows of learning his trade against more experienced props - but I would have certainly thought he is worthy of an England Saxons place by the end of the season."
Conor O'Shea will lead his side to matches against Fiji and Australia
30 March 2017, 2:36pm
After a disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign for the Azzurri - losing all five of their Championship matches and picking up their 12th Wooden Spoon - they will be licking their wounds ahead of their summer tour Down Under.
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
29 March 2017, 12:25pm
After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.