Jamie George and Dylan Hartley are competiting for the England No 2 shirt
George has made 17 appearances for England but always as a replacement and appeared in all five games of the team's triumphant Six Nations campaign.
The 26-year-old also impressed last summer in Australia – the front-row forward memorably put in a delicate kick for Owen Farrell to score a decisive try in the second Test.
And despite having endured only his second defeat in an England shirt against Ireland in the Grand Slam failure in Dublin, George has his head up and sights firmly set on the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Jamie George impressed in Australia last summer, albeit as a replacement
"I'd love to be involved in that squad," George told The Times.
"Eddie often speaks about that World Cup and being the No 1 team in the world by then.
"I want to be peaking there.
"I'll be 28 heading into that tournament and I hope to be pushing to start, as close to that team as I can."
Hartley has come under pressure after a string of sub-par performances followed problems with discipline and injury that kept him out for the months preceding the Six Nations.
The calls for George have grown louder as the Saracens hooker has matured but he is still without a Test start to his name.
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However, he may find himself winning a British & Irish Lions cap this summer, having been named by a number of pundits and fans as their preferred choice to wear No 2 against New Zealand.
And while George is clearly desperate to graduate to a starting position, he knows how crucial England coach Eddie Jones feels he can be as a replacement.
"The importance that Eddie puts on the 'finishers' – the bench – definitely helps," George added.
"I would always try to challenge them in terms of what more [the coaching staff] needed to see from me."