Gloucester Rugby centre Henry Trinder is the 'complete package', hails boss Nigel Davies
'COMPLETE package' outside centre Henry Trinder is thriving again because he is settled at Gloucester, believes boss Nigel Davies.
Rugby director Davies hailed Trinder's early-season form, backing the 24-year-old to force his way back into the full England squad.
Trinder is among a clutch of centres vying to take advantage of Leicester wrecking-ball Manu Tuilagi's pectoral injury.
Bath's Jonathan Joseph and Northampton's Luther Burrell are in the frame, but Davies has backed Trinder to continue his resurgence.
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Billy Twelvetrees is the first Gloucester star to sign a contract extension this term, leaving 23 Kingsholm frontline troops whose deals expire at the end of the campaign.
Wily centre Trinder is among that nucleus, and Davies believes he is scaling new heights in part because he is happy and confident.
A spate of frustrating injuries ravaged Trinder's previous two terms, but an unbroken pre-season has boosted his form – and now the naturally-gifted attacker is carving up defences once again.
Davies explained: "I think Henry's had a fantastic start to the season.
"We all felt he would start strongly because of the quality he showed in pre-season.
"He's got a fantastic skill-set, second-to-none – and I've seen a lot of centres play in my time.
"Henry has really, really impressed me. He's brave, he's prepared to do the dirty work – he's pulled off some great turnovers in the games so far, allied to the obvious work he does and his ability on the ball.
"And he's got a cultured left boot.
"So he really is pretty much the complete package at outside centre."
In times past Davies said Trinder would suffer the odd defensive wobble.
But this term the Gloucester boss hailed Trinder's renewed physicality and grit without the ball – especially in snaffling turnovers at the breakdown.
England boss Lancaster has been clear that anyone who holds the 13 shirt must be robust defensively, and Kingsholm chief Davies sees things little differently.
Former Wales centre Davies knows a thing or two about midfield play, both first and second hand, and is confident Trinder has the brawn as well as the brains to shine at every level of the game.
Davies continued: "Defence is vitally important in that 13 channel.
"All players have to be multi-skilled as much as every player will have their individual points of difference: there are certain aspects of the game they have to be able to do, and to do well.
"And Henry is exceptional in those wide breakdown areas.
"Players take time settle sometimes, and the environment has to be right for them.
"And I think Henry is flourishing because he's had a little bit more experience now.
"He's matured, but I also think this environment is right for him. He feels comfortable here, and because of that he's expressing himself."
Davies believes Twelvetrees committing to Kingsholm until 2016 can pave the way for a host of others to follow suit.
He hopes Freddie Burns and Trinder will be central among them, and backed Gloucester's midfield trio to keep improving rapidly at the club this season – and hopefully beyond.
NEWCASTLE: A Tait, N Cato, A Powell, J Fitzpatrick, T Catterick, R Clegg, M Blair, F Montanella, M Thompson, O Tomaszczyk, C del Fava, D Barrow, M Wilson, W Welch (capt), A Hogg. Replacements: G McGuigan, R Vickers, S Wilson, S MacLeod, C York, W Fury, P Godman, A Crockett.
GLOUCESTER: R Cook, J May, H Trinder, B Twelvetrees, J Simpson-Daniel, F Burns, J Cowan, D Murphy, D Dawidiuk, S Knight, T Savage (capt), W James, S Kalamafoni, M Kvesic, B Morgan. Replacements: K Britton, Y Thomas, R Harden, E Stooke, G Evans, D Robson, M Tindall, C Sharples.