Mike Catt, who has had more lives in an England jersey than most since making his Test debut in 1994, will be reborn as an international player once again on this summer's tour to Australia.
Catt, 34, is in England's 30-man squad where he will play a crucial role in mentoring youngsters like Tom Varndell and Mathew Tait.
England, who will play two Tests and be captained by Worcester flanker Pat Sanderson, are missing at least 15 first-choice names, either rested or injured, while six uncapped players are included.
But head coach Andy Robinson says Catt, who won the last of his 65 caps two years ago in Sir Clive Wood-ward's final match, is no stop-gap choice.
"Providing he is managed carefully, there is no doubt Mike Catt can challenge for a place at next year's World Cup," he said.
"London Irish have managed him very well and that is why he has performed at the levels he has. Mike Catt can translate to the younger players the type of game we are looking to play over there."
England return to the scene of their finest hour with only one player - Leicester lock Ben Kay, who has been out of the Test scene all season - from the starting XV of the World Cup final.
Yet for every front-line star who has been left behind, a door has opened for the next generation. Tait and Varndell, the leading try-scorer in the Premier-ship, are joined by uncapped scrum-half trio Nick Walshe, Peter Richards and Ellis' understudy at Leicester, Scott Bemand.
Gloucester lock Alex Brown, Sale flanker Magnus Lund and Leicester hooker George Chuter are also uncapped.