Barritt targets England caps
Saracens centre Brad Barritt is desperate to end a frustrating wait and launch his England career in the Six Nations, declaring: "I'd like to think my time has come."
Barritt has been on the fringes of national selection and made his senior debut in a midweek non-cap international against the New Zealand Maori in 2010. But the powerful 25-year-old felt former England manager Martin Johnson never gave him a fair crack of the whip.
England are now looking for a fresh start following the World Cup failure, with interim boss Stuart Lancaster set to make wholesale squad changes. Although he was born in South Africa, Barritt's grandparents were all English. He has family in Exeter and London and always considered England a home from home.
"I'm hopeful of an England call-up and if one comes I'll take it with both hands. I'll be a very proud man," Barritt said. "I'm very ambitious in trying to attain some international honours. I'm very hungry to get an opportunity with England.
"Selection for international rugby comes down to just one man's opinion at the end of the day. I wasn't, in my opinion, given an opportunity but let's hope now with a new regime it could happen.
"I think I'm still relatively young in terms of rugby-playing age but I'd like to think my time has come. If I'm called up I'll be the happiest man in England."
Lancaster will name his 32-man squad on January 11. Barritt produced a top-class England audition on Tuesday, when he was named man of the match in Saracens' Aviva Premiership victory over Harlequins in front of 82,000 at Twickenham.
Saracens have a clutch of young English players pressing for Six Nations selection, with Owen Farrell, Andy Saull and Alex Goode also impressing.
"At Saracens we thrive on big opportunities and big occasions," Barritt said. "Most guys across the whole team have put their hands up. Let's hope when selection time comes we are all given a chance.
"I won six or seven Saxons caps under Stuart and really enjoyed the environment. He is very technically astute and there was a good camaraderie among the players. It will be a very happy environment - one in which I'm sure England will flourish."