Alan Solomons believes England boss Eddie Jones is building a team around inside centre Ben Te'o, hailing the British and Irish Lion's powerful ball-carrying and big game experience in Rugby League.
The former Northampton Saints and Springbok coach said: "Eddie certainly does seem to be [building a team around Te'o at centre]. Ben is a big powerful man and he suits exactly what Eddie wants."
"He's played for the Lions, he played for England and he's played big rugby in Australia for the Rabbitohs in the NRL. So he's a very experienced player. He went into the England camp in Portugal and had concentrated time with them. I thought he acquitted himself well in both Tests."
Solomons, 68, also praised Te'o's impressive performances so far this autumn after the New Zealand-born centre was rushed back to fitness following injury.
Solomons continued: "Prior to going into the Test match with South Africa, he'd only played 30 minutes of rugby this season. Last year in the Six Nations, when he started against Italy, he hadn't played for us. He got injured the week before I arrived in mid-October; he got injured against Brive and then had his first game in the Six Nations. To go into big Test matches like that with very little rugby under your belt is tough"