Nick Evans believes that England skipper Chris Robshaw will - and needs to - develop into an out-and-out blindside flanker.
Robshaw currently wears the number seven jersey for both England and Harlequins and has come in for some criticism for his failure to dominate at the breakdown in the manner that Richie McCaw and the like may do.
The rise of young openside flanker Luke Wallace at Quins may lead to Robshaw switching to number six going forward.
"Last season was when Luke Wallace first came through and this season he started playing more with Robbo away," Evans explained to The Rugby Paper.
"He is just a fantastic player, he seemed to be man of the match every week. He is a guy to keep an eye on next season because he is just going to get better.
"I feel he will play for England sooner rather than later. He is an out-and-out seven.
"In the future, he will do that job for Quins with Robbo moving to six a bit more. Mo Fa'asavalu has one more year so he might be used as an impact player, with Robbo moving to six, Luke at seven and Nick Easter at number eight."
Evans believes that the switch will benefit Robshaw, with the 27-year-old perhaps more suited to the role.
"His skillset would work just as well at six as it does at seven," Evans said. "I would liken him to (former All Black) Reuben Thorne.
"That's why I think he does not get the plaudits like a Richie McCaw does at seven. Robbo does all the work that Reuben used to: clearing the rucks, the carries you don't necessarily see but that make crucial yards, the number of tackles he makes and the decisions he makes.
"Those are all things you do not see in the highlight package like you would with Richie or Sam Warburton over the ball winning turnovers.
"He still does that but he is not an out-and-out seven. No doubt his skills would be fine there so that would allow Luke to come in at seven."
Regardless of which side of the scrum Robshaw plays on, he will be feeling the heat when it comes to retaining a spot in the England starting XV, with Matt Kvesic shining at seven for Stuart Lancaster's team on their recent tour to Argentina, and Tom Wood leading from the front on the blindside.
Robshaw was rested for the tour to South America.