Stuart Lancaster's second-string put their hands up for selection for Saturday's third Test match against New Zealand as England's front-five dominated against the Crusaders in a six-try romp.
Matt Kvesic was tipped as man-of-the-match by Lancaster with his constant presence and hard work at the breakdown against the Super 15 outfit, with Henry Trinder bright in attack and dependable in defence and wing Jonny May got some more minutes under his belt as a second half replacement.
Led by Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater, England scored four first-half tries through Joe Gray, Alex Goode, Ben Foden and Brad Barritt with Anthony Watson and Chris Pennell scoring after the break; demonstrating the obvious strength in depth in the Aviva Premiership.
England enjoyed the best possible start as Harlequins hooker Gray went over for a second-minute score.
Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani spotted a miss-match in the Crusaders back-line, breaking the gain-line before off-loading an inside pass for Gray to rumble over from close range, before adding the extras for a 7-0 lead.
England enjoyed set-piece dominance in the early stages; winning penalties at scrum time and utilising the driving maul from their line-out.
Such was their dominance in the tight; it was surprising England's second score of the game came from the back division and piece of magic from Northampton Saints utility back Foden.
Reminiscent of a famous finish from Rob Howley against Frenchman Clemont Poitrenaud; Foden gathered a bouncing ball on the touchline after a kick-through from Goode and touched down in the corner for England's second score.
England were pegged back though after 24 minutes as an uncharacteristic loss at the line-out saw replacement Matt Todd scurry over the line for a converted try to bring the score back to 12-7.
All of the debate this week has been about who will start for England at centre in Saturday's final Test with the All Blacks; will it be Northampton's Luther Burrell, Gloucester Rugby's Billy Twelvetrees or Leicester's Manu Tuilagi.
However, one man not mentioned this week has been Saracens' Barritt and the burly centre put his hand up for selection as he powered over from close range after 30 minutes to stretch England's advantage to 19-7.
And England's half got even better just before the interval as great hands by Cipriani and openside Kvesic allowed Goode to go over in the corner.
The inevitable changes after the interval saw England's game stutter a little but the second 40 minutes gave the likes of Northampton's Stephen Myler the perfect opportunity to press their claims for inclusion after news filtered through before kick-off that Owen Farrell will be missing at No.10 with a knee injury.
There is also a position up for grabs on the wing with Tuilagi's experiment out wide certain to end and Watson showed just why he has become one of the Aviva Premiership's most potent finishers this season as he scored just before the hour mark.
Worcester Warriors' Pennell off-loaded the ball in contact and Watson chose a great angle off the tackle to burst through two tackles and score under the posts - Myler adding the extras.
Straight from the restart the Crusaders nearly reduced the ever-increasing score as they showed their power in the tight but England managed to hold the ball up over the line - a five-metre scrum awarded after the Television Match Official looked at the replay.
Pennell showed all of his defensive qualities on 65 minutes as he produced a try-saving tackle on Jordan Taufua in the corner as the Crusaders seemed certain to score.
And with the final play of the game Pennell got the opportunity to show his attacking skills as he successfully chased down a kick-through from Barritt to score in the corner.
The game became error strewn in the final 15 minutes but Lancaster and his coaching staff will be pleased with a job well done by his second-string against tough and determined opponents.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.