Elliot Daly insists there is no better time to be a young English talent with a home World Cup on the horizon – and the Wasps centre hopes his try-scoring exploits of late have caught the attention of Stuart Lancaster.
Daly has scored in each of his last three Aviva Premiership Rugby games, including a stunning effort in the 23-23 draw with Newcastle Falcons on Friday February 20 which earned him the Try of the Week.
The 22-year-old has also found time to watch contemporaries Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and George Ford all excel for England in the Six Nations.
And while he is yet to earn his own senior call-up, Daly is hopeful his fine form will bring rewards with the World Cup just six months away.
“You always hope you are impressing, at the moment I’m just concentrating on playing well for Wasps and whatever happens, happens,” said Daly, who starred for the England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds at the end of January.
“If you’re young and English this is a great time at the moment with the World Cup to look forward to – it’s hard not to think about that.
“I’ve played with all the young English guys who are doing so well at the moment, and it’s awesome to see them doing so well, it certainly pushes you on a little bit.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing at the moment, it’s always nice to get a few tries and I really wanted to play well during this period because a few guys are away.
“With the injuries we’ve got as well, I’ve become more of a senior player all of a sudden so it’s important I’ve stepped up.”
With the Aviva Premiership Rugby standings so tight in the battle for a top-four berth, Wasps have moved to strengthen their squad for the run-in.
World Cup-winning scrum-half Piri Weepu has joined from London Welsh until the end of the season, and full-back Martyn Thomas has also signed up with the Ricoh Arena outfit.
Just a point separates second-placed Saracens and sixth-placed Leicester Tigers heading into this weekend.
And with just six rounds to go for Wasps, starting this Sunday against Sarries, Daly believes the experience of 31-year-old Weepu could prove crucial.
“We have added some good experience and for me they bring something different to the squad,” added Daly.
“For the last few games it should be of benefit. Piri sees the game in a different way, he’s been there and done it all. You need players like that in your squad.”
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