Wasps’ wrecking ball forward Alfie Barbeary has been called up to the England squad.
The 20-year-old scored his sixth try for Wasps in only his second start against Gloucester, a match in which he gained 120 metres for his side from 19 carries.
Not only was it the most metres made by any player in round two of the competition, but it was second highest by a forward in the competition since September 2017 (Paul Grant 140 for Bath v Newcastle) and the most by a Wasps forward since Opta have recorded data on this area.
This built on the 51 metres he gobbled up in a barnstorming 22 minutes from the bench in round one.
It has not gone unnoticed by the England head coach Eddie Jones, who has Barbeary within his training group that is preparing for the Autumn Nations Cup final against France on Sunday.
He is there along with his teammates Jack Willis, Joe Launchbury, Dan Robson and Jacob Umaga.
Barbeary potentially could’ve played a larger part in the international period as he was rumoured to be in contention for the the initial squad. But unfortunately he was ruled out of contention due to the same Covid-19 related reasons that prevented him from participating in Wasps’ Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs in October.
Following the resumption of the 2019/20 season in August, Barbeary burst onto the scene scoring a try on his Premiership debut from the bench against Worcester. Still aged 19, he backed that up a hat-trick on the occasion of his first start against Leicester Tigers.
All of the Banbury-born forward’s last seven appearances have been on the back row as opposed to his primary position at hooker.
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 46 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 87 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 71 caps)
Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 3 caps)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 4 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 60 caps)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 6 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 45 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 103 caps)
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, uncapped)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 25 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 27 caps)
Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 7 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 22 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 53 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 42 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 68 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 71 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 39 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 7 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 55 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 63 caps)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 2 caps)