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UNFAZED Ryan Mills is ready to bide his time – and strike during the autumn internationals at Gloucester.
The 21-year-old centre has targeted England's three- match autumn schedule as the ideal time to force his way into Gloucester's first team.
Expecting Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees to be called into England action in Stuart Lancaster's squad, Exeter-born Mills is busy preparing to make his Kingsholm mark next month.
England take on Australia, Argentina and New Zealand on successive weekends starting on November 2.
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Gloucester host Wasps in Premiership action at Kingsholm that Saturday, before LV=Cup clashes with Northampton and Newcastle, as well as entertaining Japan in that autumn time-frame.
Davies described Mills as a "rare talent" in pre-season, predicting this to be the academy graduate's big breakthrough campaign.
But the muscular and skilful pivot is yet to feature in a first-team match squad for the Cherry and Whites this term.
Davies has preferred Mike Tindall's experience on the bench, with Billy Twelvetrees commanding the inside centre berth.
Even in Henry Trinder's injury absence for Sunday's Exeter clash, Tindall was promoted to the 13 role, with flank forward Akapusi Qera adding bludgeon not rapier on the bench.
Itching for first-team chances but happy to bide his time, Mills explained: "The hope is to take a chance in the autumn. When the A League team is playing well it helps you perform as an individual.
"You can only worry about what you are doing, play to the best of your ability, and then let the coaches make the calls.
"Whether you're playing or not, you've just got to help out however you can.
"I've just got to keep training well, keep playing well and show that I'm ready.
"I've got to show I'm fit and ready in terms of performance, and just hope I do get the nod in that period of games."
Mills claimed one of Gloucester United's eight tries in Monday's 44-7 A League hammering of Newcastle Falcons A at Hartpury College.
The England Under-20s graduate was all ready to make his mark in pre-season action against Plymouth at Kingsholm, but withdrew in the warm-up after suffering food poisoning. Admitting it was unwittingly self-inflicted, Mills said he was kicking himself for missing the opportunity to shine in Gloucester's eventual 22-13 victory – especially after two seasons battling knee surgery to correct a genetic defect.
Mills continued: "I don't know whether I ate something funny – I shouldn't cook for myself!
"I was up all night before the game being sick, and on the day I couldn't keep anything down.
"I tried to warm up and I was really light-headed, I almost felt drunk!
"There was no point me being on the pitch, I would have been a danger to myself and my team-mates.
"When you've been out injured so long, being sick is such a terrible excuse for not playing. It's terrible and it was my fault ultimately for being a terrible cook!
"I'm feeling good now though, the knee is feeling strong.
"That's my fifth 80minutes in a row now, I'm feeling good with the game-time and feeling like I'm building some match awareness and a bit of form, which is nice.
"It's great playing with the same boys every week and building a relationship.
"That's the most comfortable we've felt as a midfield combination against Newcastle, with Dan Robson at nine and Tim Molenaar at 13.
"It's getting used to playing with each other and that's something we can build on.
"After two ops in two seasons, it's been 10 months out in total two years, six months last year and four months in this pre-season.
"It's been hard and there's been a lot of rehab but I feel really good now and in a good place."