Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has praised fly-half Freddie Burns for the way he has handled a large amount of responsibility.
Davies has been impressed with Burns' leadership qualities and the way he has controlled proceedings during the Cherry and Whites' unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions.
"Overall I think he's developing very well," he told the Gloucester Citizen.
"What people can't see are his leadership qualities in and around the group.
"He takes responsibility extremely well, he wants responsibility too, and there's no doubting his talents as an individual.
"He's very vocal, does a lot of research and study on his own game as well as the opposition - and he tells some of the more senior players what they should be doing, which is basically what you want from your ten."
Burns just missed out on selection to England's squad for the end-of-year internationals but is on coach Stuart Lancaster's injury standby list.
Davies believes the 22-year-old has the ability to become an accomplished fly-half at international level and hailed his performance in last weekend's 27-21 win over Leicester at Kingsholm.
"He's developing all the time, it was a bit of a mixed bag from him but overall I thought it was very positive," he said.
"He's got some great touches, his game management is the area we've been working on, but it's very good.
"There were a couple of moments on Saturday where he got a little bit lost but that's a team thing as well.
"Sometimes the ball comes back when you're not expecting it, and you have to deal with some of that possession.
"His try obviously was impressive, and he's always a danger from those kinds of situations.
"He just needs to keep going along the same lines, keep working hard, and he'll definitely keep improving."