NRL Premiership-winner Ben Te’o is set to make his first start for England in the centres against Italy at Twickenham.
The former Broncos and Souths ace has been biding his time on the bench but is set to be unleashed by Eddie Jones in the Six Nations rugby match.
Jones dropped Jonathan Joseph from his 24-man squad for Sunday's (Monday AEDT) to make way for Te'o, a former Queensland Origin star.
The 30-year-old made a strong impact when coming off the bench against France and Wales and looks set to make a fist of his opportunity.
Te'o helped South Sydney lift the 2014 premiership.
“You’ve got to be patient. Eddie’s talked to me about that,” Te’o said.
“I didn’t get a go on the tour to Australia last summer but I left feeling quite motivated to really train hard and have a good start to the next season. “Now that I’m getting in and getting a bit of a taste of it, it makes me want to keep improving and keep pushing.
“I understand that strong teams are more like strong squads and that you need depth and you need people to all pull in the right direction.”