Wales captain Dan Biggar has backed a “ridiculously gifted” Marcus Smith to take the Guinness Six Nations in his stride.
The Harlequins fly-half, who has received 5 England caps, appears set to make a Six Nations bow when Eddie Jones’ aspect launch their marketing campaign towards Scotland at Murrayfield subsequent week.
Smith, 22, already has a Gallagher Premiership title and British and Irish Lions tour in his profession portfolio, and he’s rated as English rugby’s most fun prospect for years.
Biggar and Smith have been Lions colleagues in South Africa final summer time after Smith was summoned by head coach Warren Gatland as harm cowl for Finn Russell.
“For those who have a look at Marcus’ 12 months, you’d say that he has handed the whole lot with flying colors,” Wales fly-half Biggar mentioned.
“He has had a very good 12 months and burst on to the scene. I’m positive that he’ll simply take the match in his stride, similar as he has with the others.
“I actually loved my time with Marcus in the summertime. I believed he was a very good bloke and prepared to study, prepared to get higher. He’s ridiculously gifted, isn’t he?
“There is no such thing as a doubt this match is totally different to something exterior of a World Cup. Each sport is an event, everyone seems to be watching.
“No matter comes Marcus’ manner, I’m positive he’ll take care of it as he has completed within the final 12 months.”
Biggar and Smith are more likely to be in opposition when Wales head to Twickenham on February 26, however Biggar’s extra speedy concern is navigating his nation via a testing first two video games that see Wales visiting Eire after which internet hosting Scotland.
Reigning Six Nations champions Wales are solely fourth favourites this time round, with their diploma of issue elevated by harm absentees that embrace Lions Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi.
Biggar added: “For those who have a look at yearly once we come into the match, Eire, England and France all the time begin forward of us with the bookies and the media. We’re totally conscious of what we’re able to.
“There are a number of boys within the squad now who have gotten that younger lack of worry by way of expectations and the pressures which might be placed on you whenever you play for Wales within the Six Nations.
“During the last eight, 9 or 10 years when now we have been moderately profitable on this match, it has been the same query concerning the (Welsh) areas not fairly performing in addition to they need to, English and Irish golf equipment doing properly and issues like that, and we all the time appear to do okay.
“So we aren’t placing stress on ourselves, however we’re actually not on the lookout for any excuses.
“We’re totally conscious of how tough the match is for us to go and win once more, however it’s all concerning the begin.
“For those who get off to a great begin, momentum and confidence grows and makes it barely simpler. This match is shaping as much as be some of the thrilling for years.”