Two moments during Saracens' Premiership victory at Leicester suggested England boss Martin Johnson will soon have to make some of the most crucial selection decisions of his career.
Oval Talk last week addressed the issue of England's mis-firing midfield and recommended the recall of Riki Flutey at inside centre and more time for giant centre Matt Banahan to show what he can do.
Well, this week two more players emphatically furthered their England cause in the considerable shape of prop Matt Stevens and centre Manu Tuilagi.
Stevens, who returned to the game in January after serving a two-year ban for cocaine use, came off the bench and showed he had lost none of his set-piece prowess.
He forced renowned prop Martin Castrogiovanni to stand up in a scrum and concede the penalty that allowed Sarries to kick what proved to be the winning goal.
Earlier in a tight contest, Tuilagi powered through two Saracens defenders, raced down the left wing and smashed full-back Alex Goode out of the way before diving over in the corner for a superb individual score.
Stevens has not been named in any of the England squads since his return - although he already has 32 caps to his name and played in the 2007 World Cup final - while Tuilagi is currently in the U20 squad.
With just five games left for England before the World Cup, Johnson must decide whether or not to promote them to his elite set-up. OT thinks he should, and the sooner the better.
That England are unbeaten in three Six Nations games and have won five of their last six matches should not deter Johnson from looking to further strengthen his squad.
Yes, it is a settled, happy and relatively successful England camp at the moment, but that does not relieve Johnson of his responsibility to make them as strong as they can possibly be.
Tuilagi, who is only 19, deserves a chance in the senior set-up because at the moment there is no one in the England midfield with such speed and power. England need his gain-line breaking threat.
The Tiger does not have the size of Jonah Lomu, but the way he flattened Goode was reminiscent of the great All Black when he destroyed England's defence at the 1995 World Cup.
Tuilagi's detractors have mentioned his mediocre handling skills, but this can be improved and - if we're brutally honest - they cannot be any worse than those of current first-choice centres Mike Tindall and Shontayne Hape.
The likes of Chris Ashton, Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes were not that much further advanced in their careers when Johnson handed them their international chance.
All have more than repaid his faith and Johnson must now make a similar call with Tuilagi. If nothing else, he could prove a highly-effective impact player.
For OT, the decision to include Stevens is less cut-and-dried because England have genuine strength in the front row.
Andrew Sheridan (when fit) and Dan Cole are currently first choice, while Alex Corbisiero, David Wilson and Paul Doran-Jones have performed admirably when called upon, despite their age and inexperience.
But Stevens has qualities that demand his recall, not least that he can prop up either side of the scrum.
OT is not going to go into whether Stevens should be allowed to play international rugby again. He has served his time and the decision to select him should be based solely on his ability to contribute to the team.
Stevens is the best ball-carrying prop in the country, and for a big man has a good turn of speed and soft hands. He also has a handy eye for the try-line.
It would be harsh on either of the other props mentioned above to be jettisoned from the squad, but these are the difficult decisions Johnson is paid to make.
A front row of Sheridan, Dylan Hartley and Stevens is truly world class and would be the match of any in New Zealand later in the year.
Johnson has what is considered a 'nice' selection headache because he is looking to build during a successful period for England.
It is also worth bearing in mind that Tom Croft and Lawes are also fit again and battling for a recall to his matchday squad.
Sir Clive Woodward had similar challenges, though admittedly he was much more settled on his preferred XV six months out from winning the 2003 World Cup.
But Woodward was never averse to changing a successful team if he thought it was going to make them stronger. It's what helped make him a winner.
Johnson, who through a combination of inexperience and misplaced loyalty struggled with selection early in his tenure, must now follow Woodward's example and make some difficult decisions.