Freddie ready to take on world champions
An England debut at Twickenham against the world champions is likely to be the next step in Freddie Burns' rapid success story on Saturday.
The fly-half's stock has been on the rise ever since he switched Bath Rugby for West Country rivals Gloucester in 2008, with the 22-year-old leading the Aviva Premiership's points standings this season.
Burns' star is now set to shine on the international stage, although it will likely have to come from the bench as Owen Farrell is expected to be named as the starting ten against New Zealand.
The youngster himself is not taking anything for granted, though, and will be delighted with whatever role he has to play.
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"I'd love to have the chance to test myself at the highest level," said Burns. "I feel in good form and I know what's working for me at the moment, and when I've been up with the England squad in training I've just tried to do those same things there.
"If I did have a chance, then that's how I would aim to continue. I won't try to do anything differently, I'll still try to play my game."
Burns' involvement comes after Toby Flood was ruled out of the All Blacks clash with a toe injury but England head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted he is unlikely to jump straight to the front of the queue.
"We're excited to have Freddie with us as we know all about what he can do," said Lancaster. "We will get him up to speed with everything, but that won't take too long because he's been in and around the squad for a few weeks already.
"It's exciting to see two young English talents go toe- to-toe this week, in Freddie and Owen.
"Owen already has a lot of credit in the bank, though, and obviously he's well-versed in all our plans."