London Irish flyer Alex Lewington admits he is champing at the bit to underline his credentials as a predatory finisher after being selected in Eddie Jones’ 26-man England training squad.
Lewington, 24, will join the camp in Brighton later this month as England prepare for this summer’s tour of Australia, whilst the Saxons embark on a three test tour of South Africa.
Crossing the whitewash during last weekend’s trip to Wasps, Lewington has had a solid campaign in the green jersey with nine tries to his name.
“It was a nice surprise to get the call over the weekend and I’m looking forward to getting in amongst the squad,” said Lewington.
“It will be great for me to be training alongside some very experienced players and I will be doing my upmost to stake a claim for a place in the England side,” he added.
Reflecting on the campaign that has gone before, Lewington believes the Exiles are well placed to make an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership.
He said: “Obviously it has been a disappointing season for us, but the foundations are there for the Club to bounce back and be stronger for the experience.
“The Championship is a competition not to be taken lightly, but if we get things right on the field then we should do well.”
There was a further boost for the Exiles on Tuesday with the selection of Johnny Williams and Theo Brophy Clews in the England Under-20s squad for the World Championships in Manchester. You can read the full story by clicking here.