Wasps winger Tom Voyce will start for England at fullback against Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.
Nicknamed ‘the eel’ for his slipperiness in the tackle, Voyce replaces Josh Lewsey, who went off midway through the first-half against Wales with a shoulder injury.
Voyce is confident of doing well in a position that is not all that unfamilar to him.
“I played all my U19 and U21 career at fullback,” he told Sapa’s Julian Guyer. “The last time I started at fullback was against Bath in the autumn just before the Samoa game. I think generally I just see the back three role as one.”
Voyce, who has scored three tries in five Tests since making his debut five years ago, said moving to English champions Wasps from Bath and building-up his strength had been vital to his international recall.
“It’s given me a new direction, a brutal honesty on where I have to go forward as an international player,” the 25 year old explained. “[Former Great Rugby league international] Shaun Edwards has given me core skills and made me look at the game in a completely different way.
“Hopefully 10 to 15 caps down the road I’ll be known as an exciting player who can create something out of nothing and also a good try-scorer.”
England coach Andy Robinson said the selection of Voyce was an obvious one to make. “He has the ability to ghost into space and beat players. He’s a very good finisher.”