London Irish: Alex Lewington on England's radar - Delaney

Alex Lewington
Alex Lewington came through the Leicester Tigers academy before moving to London Irish in 2013

London Irish winger Alex Lewington has caught the attention of England head coach Stuart Lancaster, according to Exiles interim boss Glenn Delaney.

The 23-year-old has scored two hat-tricks this season and is joint-second in the list of Premiership try scorers, with eight scores for the Exiles.

"He's certainly grabbing the attention of Stuart Lancaster, which is right - he's on great form," said Delaney.

"Alex has got a huge amount of talent. He's improving and learning a lot."

Delaney continued to BBC Radio Berkshire: "Natural-born finishers are rare things in the game - when you see them you think they make it look so easy, but they take what is probably the hardest thing to do in the game and make it their own."

Lewington's wing competition
NameClubEngland caps
Jonny May Gloucester13
Chris AshtonSaracens39
Christian WadeWasps1
Anthony WatsonBath7
Semesa RokoduguniBath1
Jack NowellExeter6
Marland YardeHarlequins7

Lewington scored his second hat-trick of the season in a 50-12 win against London Welsh on Saturday and Delaney is clear the team are benefitting from his ruthless finishing.

"All we're trying to do is put him in situations to give him an opportunity to use the talent he has."

Delaney has been in contact with Lancaster and the England second team, the Saxons, is a real possibility for Lewington.

"Alex has been doing really really well, so they're clearly noticing players playing well who are England-qualified," he added.

"I think he can be a much better player than simply playing in the Premiership."