After four years in the international wilderness Pat Sanderson is today expected to be named in Andy Robinson's England squad for their first autumn international against Australia.
Furthermore the Worcester Warriors captain looks to have edged out Gloucester?s Andy Hazell for the openside flanker?s berth when the Red Rose take on the Wallabies a week on Saturday.
The Post has learned that the 28-year-old should be named in the starting XV at Twickenham and will thereby earn his seventh England cap ? his first since coming on as a replacement against the United States in June 2001.
The selection maintains the remarkable renaissance Sanderson?s career has undergone since joining Worcester in the summer of 2004 at a time when they were widely tipped to be relegated from the Premiership.
But in just over a year at Sixways the former Harlequin has silenced the doubters with a succession of inspirational performances and earned himself a recall to the international set-up with the A side Churchill Cup tour to Canada at the end of last season.