Gloucester powerhouse Ben Morgan would be ready to make a shock return to international rugby to help solve England’s potential crisis at number eight.
Billy Vunipola was injured in Saracens’ win at Glasgow on Sunday, while Nathan Hughes is facing a ban.
Sam Simmonds, who featured during the Six Nations, is also out with a serious knee injury.
Gloucester’s Morgan last played for England in 2015, but was man of the match in Sunday’s win over Castres and says he “always” hopes of a recall.
“I’m enjoying my rugby, and if it leads to anything else then fantastic,” Morgan, who has 31 caps, told BBC Radio 5 live.
Morgan’s head coach at Gloucester Johan Ackermann added: “He’s in great form and has all the qualities. He must just keep knocking at that door.”