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."
Premiership Rugby today announced an extension of their partnership with the UK's largest insurance company, Aviva, for a further three years. The contract extension, which starts in the 2014-15 season, will cover a golden era for club rugby in England and will include a period when the country will host a Rugby World Cup and when rugby union will finally rejoin the Olympic movement.
Not only are the great and the good of the Aviva Premiership Rugby strutting their stuff at Twickenham this Saturday - so are the new generation of rugby players, including Worcester RFC, courtesy of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
Warrior Stuart Brooks will represent the club at Twickenham next weekend as he battles for the honour of carrying the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy onto the pitch ahead of the final between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.