Leicester winger Tom Varndell has been fast-tracked into the England squad after a scorching rise to fame.
The 20- year- old, with barely a year of professional rugby experience, was named by head coach Andy Robinson in a 30-man England squad to face Samoa on Saturday.
Varndell made his Leicester debut only last season but has scored 16 tries in 21 matches for them, including six in seven Premiership appearances this season.
Varndell's inclusion and a recall for James Simpson-Daniel - at the expense of Leicester pair Andy Goode and Ollie Smith - are the only changes to the original 30-man squad Robinson named for the autumn series.
The team has yet to be named but Varndell and Simpson-Daniel seem likely to be involved in some capacity. They would inject some spark into an England back division criticised for lacking creativity in the 23-19 defeat by New Zealand.
Varndell, a former Colstons schoolboy, has clocked 10.80 seconds for the 100 metres - on grass in his socks - and is a superb finisher.
Simpson-Daniel, who has played all his Test rugby on the wing, was dropped from the original 30-man squad and sent back to Gloucester where Robinson requested he be used at outside centre. He seems a real contender for the 13 jersey and could inject invention and unpredictability into the England midfield.
Robinson said: "We are looking to make a difference in attack and we are looking for extra sharpness. There is no substitute for pace and we are bringing two guys in with tremendous pace and they will certainly add to the squad.
"Everybody is very disappointed we had the possession but weren't able to open up a very good New Zealand defence.
"It is about getting the balance right. I think the team have moved forward over the last two games and it is now we need to build on those last two performances."
Robinson's decision to name a full 30-man squad before today's team announcement means that those discarded for the Tests against Australia and New Zealand are in contention.
Wasps winger Tom Voyce and Perpignan prop Perry Freshwater plus Gloucester trio Peter Richards, Andy Hazell and Jamie Forrester can press their claims.
Wasps lock Simon Shaw returns to the squad after a back injury.
Robinson believes continuity is vital for World Cup preparations and has retained the full match-day 22. He decided against wholesale changes but Varndell and Simpson-Daniel indicate a different approach.
England could field a young side to take on Samoa, who were beaten 18-11 by Scotland last weekend, with Louis Deacon, Lee Mears, Matt Stevens and Olly Barkley in line for promotion off the bench.
ENGLAND SQUAD - Backs: O Barkley (Bath), B Cohen (Northampton), M Cueto (Sale Sharks), M Dawson (Wasps), H Ellis (Leicester), J Lewsey (Wasps), C Hodgson (Sale Sharks), J Noon (Newcastle), P Richards (Gloucester), J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), M Tindall (Gloucester), M van Gisbergen (Wasps), T Varndell (Leicester), T Voyce (Wasps).
Forwards: S Borthwick (Bath), M Corry (Leicester, capt), L Deacon (Leicester), P Freshwater (Perpignan), J Forrester (Gloucester), D Grewcock (Bath), A Hazell (Gloucester), C Jones (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), L Moody (Leicester), P Sanderson (Worcester), S Shaw (Wasps), A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), M Stevens (Bath), S Thompson (Northampton), P Vickery (Gloucester).