Dave Lewis received a long overdue first England Under 20 cap as the side were preparing to face Scotland at the IRB Toshiba Junior World Championship.
The Gloucester scrum half made his first appearance off the bench in last week's 43-0 win over Japan - nearly six months after first training with the team at Bisham Abbey during the build-up to the RBS Under 20 Six Nations.
The presentation was made by former Kingsholm fly half Mark Mapletoft, now head coach of the side seeded second in this year's tournament in Japan, and Lewis can win another one when the team take on Scotland in Tokyo on Tuesday (9am BST).
"It was a surprise. It was nice to get my cap finally and I didn't think it was going to come at one point," said Lewis.
The 20-year-old from North Devon made 10 first team appearances in the first half of the season despite having international competition in the shape of Wales and Scotland number nines Gareth Cooper and Rory Lawson.
The run earned him the nickname "Premiership Dave" from Mapletoft. But a broken ankle sustained against London Irish on January 31 halted his impressive progress and left him racing to recover in time to make the squad heading for Japan.
"In the end it was quite nerve-racking as to whether I'd be ready to make it on this tour," he said.
"I came back against Wasps with 20 minutes on the last day of the season and then in the [England Under 20 warm-up] game against Loughborough Students, so it was a last minute thing.
"It's taken me a while to get some sort of match experience to get back to where I was before I was injured.
"When you're playing regularly it's all second nature and you're making all the decisions naturally, whereas coming back into it is hard, you're slower and it takes a while to get back into it.
"But training every day with these boys and the game on Friday night I'm getting back into it now and it's going well. I'm enjoying it."
Next in the firing line are Scotland, who went down 17-14 against Samoa in their opening game to a last-minute drop goal.
The sides have already met this season at Worcester, where Lewis watched England finish their RBS Under 20 Six Nations campaign on a high.
He said: "England played really well that night. The previous game against France had been really disappointing for us and maybe gave us the kick up the backside we needed.
"Scotland were a good side so to come back out and win 20-6 with a good performance was a really nice way to finish off. It also makes Tuesday a bit harder because they'll be out for revenge and Scotland against England games are always full of rivalries.
"I think the boys are genuinely looking forward to the chance to get back out there again and maybe put a few of the things right that we did wrong on Friday night and hopefully come away with a good win, but it won't be easy because Scotland have got good players."
As have Gloucester, who provide the largest club contingent to the England cause in the Far East.
Lewis is joined in the squad by wing Charlie Sharples, centre Henry Trinder, prop Shaun Knight and lock Dan Williams. Three more, fly half Freddie Burns, scrum half Jordi Pasqualin and lock Danny Wright, also featured in the Six Nations campaign.
"I'm not sure if there's a secret to it, I think it's just that we've got a lot of talented players in the academy at the moment and we all work hard," said Lewis.
"The first years generally go to Cinderford on loan and the second years to Moseley. The coaching and conditioning is good and the physios keep us in tip-top shape. It all works well."
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