Mike Ruddock has praised the contribution of prop Adam Black at Worcester Warriors - as he prepares to be without England hopeful Matt Mullan this weekend against Saracens at Wembley Stadium.
Mullan will jet out with the England squad today (Thursday) ahead of the Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome.
However, Ruddock can still call on front row ace Black for Saturday's clash in London (kick-off 3pm) who the Director of Rugby believes has made a massive contribution after settling into life at Sixways Stadium.
He said: "We know a couple of guys will probably be away. Matt (Mullan) will be going to Italy with England so we are planning to be without him. Alex Grove could also be with Scotland.
"But we still have people like Adam Black who will replace Matt and people like Sammy Tuitupou and Dale Rasmussen who can come in for Alex. We are in a good position and will press on.
"Adam has done very well. I had worked with him before at Ebbw Vale and Dragons and knew he was the sort of player who gets better the more he plays.
"He likes to play every week and he is used to being No.1. He had a period of adjustment when he first came and Matt Mullan and was so well thought of at the club and Callum Black was playing well.
"But since he had had the opportunity to put a run of games together we have seen the best of him. He is going well and enjoys it at the club and we have taken to him."
Warriors will take a one-point advantage back to Sixways after a Niall Annett try on the stroke of full-time handed Dean Ryan's men victory in the first leg of the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final.