HIGHLY-RATED centre Ollie Lawrence is set for more first-team exposure at Worcester Warriors this season after rubbing shoulders with England’s elite this summer.

The talented 18-year-old burst onto the scene last term, scoring on his Warriors debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November.

Lawrence went on to make two further appearances before being named in England’s 31-man training squad in May.

Despite the teenager’s limited experience of senior rugby Warriors boss Alan Solomons said he was not completely surprised to see national head coach Eddie Jones call him up.

Lawrence trained with his Worcester team-mates Nick Schonert, Jack Singleton and Ben Te’o as well as established internationals including Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Ben Youngs at the camp in Brighton.

“I think the biggest thing he took away from the camp was what it takes to be a top professional and an England player,” Solomons said.

“I spoke to Ben about it and he thought Ollie handled himself extremely well.

“I think he has been terrific here and like everyone else has trained really well.

“Ollie is a good young guy and a fine rugby player, there’s no doubt about that.”

Lawrence, who has yet to play in the Aviva Premiership, has progressed from Warriors’ under 18s to the senior academy ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Solomons has bolstered his midfield with the signings of internationals Francois Venter and Ashley Beck.

They will contest the two centre spots along with Ryan Mills, Te’o, Wynand Olivier and academy ace Will Butler.

But when asked whether Lawrence was likely to get more chances in the first team Solomons said: “Yes, I think so.

“There are a lot of centres but it is an attritional position and there are a lot of games.

“Remember, there is the Premiership, the cup and the shield which I still call the A League.

“If you look at how the season is structured we have got that first block of six Premiership games and four A League matches as well so all the lads are going to be playing.

“That’s 46 players being used straight away and that’s without counting any injuries.”

Warriors’ players have been training with the club’s youngsters in pre-season while Lawrence and fellow rising star Ted Hill travelled to Spain for a week-long camp earlier this month.

“Our vision is to build a sustainable top-six Premiership club through the medium of a flourishing academy,” Solomons said.

“They are all practising with us so Ollie is involved.

“Ollie went to our camp in Spain and we would have taken the other (academy) lads but they were playing for England under 20s so we couldn’t.

“Bressy (Anton Bresler) had a personal matter that he had to go back to South Africa for so Ted came in for the camp.”