Sam Burgess could feature at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with England coach Stuart Lancaster impressed by the rugby union convert.
The former league star made his debut for Bath in late November and the centre has done enough to catch the eye of Lancaster.
Burgess, 26, could be named in either the senior England squad or the Saxons outfit when they are unveiled in January.
"We have two more Premiership games and two rounds of Europe to go before we name the squads, but he has made a tremendous start in the sport," Lancaster said at a World Cup launch event on Wednesday.
"Everyone's expectations are probably too high in terms of expecting someone to learn the game straight away.
"But from what I have seen " I watched him the other night when he played for the Bath A team " I think he is doing really well."
More pressingly for Lancaster, the coach plans to speak to Dylan Hartley about his disciplinary issues.
The Northampton hooker was given a three-week ban for elbowing, and questions remain over whether his ill-discipline is too big a risk to carry into the World Cup.
"He knows as much as anyone the importance of on-field discipline," Lancaster said of Hartley.
"He will have been disappointed in himself to put himself in that position. I will have a conversation with him."