London Irish head coach Les Kiss says that “high expectations” ought to be inspired round gamers like Henry Arundell following his memorable debut Test sequence with England.
Arundell introduced himself on the world stage by scoring a try to making one other throughout simply seven explosive minutes off the bench in England’s first-Test defeat towards Australia.
The 19-year-old made additional appearances as England turned the sequence round with victories in Brisbane and Sydney, persevering with his blistering type for Irish final time period.
Arundell’s membership colleague Will Joseph additionally broke by on England’s tour Down Under, whereas different home-grown merchandise at Irish, similar to Ollie Hassell-Collins, Tom Parton and Ben Loader, have beforehand featured on England boss Eddie Jones’ radar.
“Henry is a well-balanced lad, and a real positive and upside to his success it that he respects the opportunity,” Kiss mentioned. “These guys don’t take it for granted. They have got a lot of humility.
“They know it is on the back of hard work, so they manage it themselves, their peers will manage it and then it is up to us as coaches to make sure that we help them understand what these new challenges will be.
“I think you have got to put heavy expectation on yourself. That is how you challenge yourself, but it is also being able to understand that from A to B is not a straight line, if that makes sense.
“You have just got to be able to work with the ups and downs in the most productive way.
“We tend to bounce right from great things happening to bouncing low, and it is how you build yourself back to an even keel as quickly as possible, and that is the important thing.
“If it doesn’t happen on day one, it doesn’t mean it is not going to happen.
“It’s about building that type of resilience and commitment for the long term, knowing that if you are hungry enough and you are lucky enough – you have got to be lucky, too – these things will happen.
“So I encourage the high expectations. It is just about having the right approach to reality.”
Irish proved to be one of many Gallagher Premiership’s nice entertainers final season, posting 93 league tries – solely Northampton and Harlequins scored extra – and claiming 14 strive bonus factors.
They additionally secured Heineken Champions Cup qualification, returning to European rugby’s blue riband membership competitors following an 11-year absence.
“To get to Europe was one step. Now, it is about making sure we can do the right things to challenge the top end of the table,” Kiss added.
“So, ultimately, it is about getting the balance right in the playing group we have, and the style we want to play is important.
“Henry and Will making that (England) team and being part of a winning series, that can only serve them at a deeper level, the experiences they have had.
“We have got a lot of boys on international duty around the world – that was always going to serve us well – but for those two young guys to get that experience is very beneficial.”