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Yarde hoping for regular spot

Marland Yarde hopes his exhilarating England debut can lift him up the pecking order for a place on the left wing.

Yarde has emerged as a potential solution to England's problem position after scoring two excellent tries in Saturday's 51-26 victory over Argentina.

"There are some great players in my position and all I can do is work as hard as I can and leave it up to Stuart," Yarde said before jetting off to visit his family in St Lucia.

"All you can do is focus on yourself, work as hard as you can for the team and leave selection up to the coaches.

"It was fantastic experience. The Argentina fans were awesome and they create a real buzz and atmosphere.

"It was a bit surreal being out there at times but I just had to take into my stride and work as hard as I can for the team."

Yarde beat two defenders to score his first try down the short side and his second was reminiscent of Chris Ashton, searing onto an inside pass from Kyle Eastmond to finish under the posts.

"I was quite nervous before kick-off as it was my first game for England but as soon as the first kick happened I just took it in my stride and treated it as a normal game," Yarde said. "I am thankful for the opportunity and I can't wait to do it again."

Lancaster praised the ease with which Yarde fitted straight into the England set-up and the smoothness of his transition to Test rugby. These are early days but with Lancaster looking to use specialists on the wing, rather than converted full-backs as he did in the Six Nations, Yarde will want to be judged on his most recent performance.

Lancaster will name England's elite squad for the autumn internationals in August and Yarde has every chance of breaking into the 33-man party, along with fellow wing Christian Wade.


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