Marcus Smith is relishing the chance to learn from the “fear factor” created by Manu Tuilagi relatively than having to cease the harmful England centre.
The pair are set to be reunited within the midfield when Argentina go to Twickenham on Sunday after beginning two Tests collectively final autumn.
Tuilagi’s harm curse prevented him from taking part in within the Six Nations or the July tour to Australia however now again firing for Sale, he is able to function the backline’s important service as soon as extra.
Per week in the past Tuilagi and Smith confronted off on reverse groups when Harlequins engineered an emphatic win in Manchester and the 23-year-old fly-half welcomes the adjustment from enemies to allies.
“First and foremost, Manu is a brilliant bloke. He’s always looked after me ever since I was young,” Smith mentioned.
“He makes me feel very comfortable and like I can be myself and I love that about him.
“On the field, he’s an absolute beast. He’s a freak with the ball in hand, he’s got brilliant hands at the line and he bangs pretty hard in defence.
“It’s lovely to look outside and know he’s there because he’s always got my back, which is pretty special.
“He adds a fear factor to our team. I know that because when I play him I get that!”
Smith has overseen England’s attacking preparations for the autumn after Owen Farrell was stood down for 12 days due to the concussion that pressured him to overlook final week’s coaching camp in Jersey.
Farrell has nonetheless had an affect on work behind the scenes, nonetheless.
“Owen’s a brilliant player and he’s been in form at the start of the season,” Smith mentioned.
“He’s got 97 caps and he’s been a massive loss so we’ve had to be adaptable. We’ve all had to step up in our leadership and speak a bit more.
“I texted him a few times and the backs had a Zoom with him in Jersey when we could bat some ideas off him.
“We communicated with him because we feel like he can spot things and add things that we may have missed from being in the thick of it.”