Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes Jamie George is putting serious pressure on Dylan Hartley for the England number two shirt.
George scored a hat-trick in a magnificent display to help Saracens to a 39-18 victory over Wasps in Premiership action on Sunday.
Next Sunday, the pair will go head-to-head as Hartley’s Northampton welcome George’s Saracens, with the latter keen to make an impression on England coach Eddie Jones.
“Jamie did well in the tight, but he was also good around the park by making lots of little half breaks,” McCall told Press Association Sport.
“He showed a lot of attacking ability during the game and I’m really pleased to see him play so well.
“Playing well here was going to be important for him and playing well in the next couple of weeks is going to be important for him as well to get himself into Eddie Jones’ mind.
“We’re going up to Northampton on Sunday and Dylan Hartley will be starting so it will be an important game for Jamie.”