England will take particular care with Immanuel Feyi-Waboso this week realizing the thrilling Exeter wing is closing in on a primary look in opposition to the nation of his start.
Feyi-Waboso made his Test debut as a late substitute within the 27-24 Guinness Six Nations victory over Italy, capturing his eligibility for England on the expense of Wales – Saturday’s spherical two guests to Twickenham.
Born and raised in Cardiff however qualifying for the Red Rose by way of a grandmother, a tug of warfare for his allegiance was brewing just for the 21-year-old sensation to shortly go for Steve Borthwick’s crew.
Wales boss Warren Gatland mentioned in response that the choice made by the Exeter University medical pupil and former Wales Under-18 worldwide had not gone down properly in some quarters throughout the border.
England are aware of the necessity to shield their gamers within the wake of fly-half Owen Farrell and flanker Tom Curry dealing with intense on-line criticism throughout the World Cup and it’s build-up.
Head coach Borthwick mentioned: “We are really cognoscente of that and rightly so given the World Cup experience.
“There is a heightened awareness now of those external noises and external factors. We will give all the players all the support they need.
“Regarding Manny, three things: he trains really hard, he enjoys being with the players and in the remaining time he is studying for his medicine degree. He is pretty busy.
“My experience right now is that he has his head focused on where it needs to be.”
Veteran fly-half George Ford, who directed Saturday’s victory in Rome, is backing Feyi-Waboso to take the approaching week in his stride.
“Manny’s a pretty quiet lad but it looks like not many things affect him. He gets on with it and gets on with his work as good as anyone I’ve seen,” Ford mentioned.
“He’s an exciting player – so physical and fast. He’s a game-breaker, so hopefully we can get the ball in his hands a bit more.”
England are assessing accidents to Marcus Smith, Ellis Genge, Ollie Lawrence and George Martin.
Smith has a calf drawback and the outcomes of one other scan will dictate whether or not he is ready to take part within the latter levels of the Six Nations.
Genge pulled out on the morning of the Italy conflict due to a foot problem and England are optimistic he shall be obtainable in opposition to Wales, however Lawrence and Martin won’t characteristic due to respective hip and knee complaints.
Feyi-Waboso was considered one of 5 England debutants in opposition to Italy, one other was his Exeter team-mate Ethan Roots, who delivered a man-of-the-match show at blindside flanker.
“He didn’t look like he was playing his first game, did he? That’s what struck me from the first day he came into camp,” Borthwick mentioned.
“We did a fitness session in the afternoon on the first training day. It was a special session to put the players through their paces. What struck us was how much he was talking to the other players around him.
“He was loud, he was encouraging others and demanding of others. That’s his personality in camp. That really impressed me and we saw that out there against Italy.
“I knew he was a good player, but as a character he’s grounded and experienced, with a real leader’s voice.”