WORCESTER Warriors’ Australian ace Jono Lance is not surprised to see hooker Jack Singleton used as back-row cover by England.

Singleton has arrived in Japan ahead of the World Cup after an impressive final season in the number two jersey at Warriors.

The 23-year-old, who is now a Saracens player, twice came off the bench in England’s warm-up games but not in his usual position.

He made his international debut when he replaced lock Joe Launchbury in the closing stages of the win over Wales at Twickenham before filling in at back row in the following week’s defeat at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

And Lance believes Singleton’s ability with ball in hand and aerobic capacity allows him to operate in different positions without many issues.

“Nothing surprises me with Singo as he is such a talented footy player,” Lance said.

“I have no idea about the theory behind (selecting three hookers in the matchday squad against Wales).

“Maybe they were thinking of playing both of the reserve hookers for 20 minutes in the second half. Who knows?

“But I know that you could probably play Singo in the centres and he would do a good job for you as he is very skilful, gets around the park well and is good ball-player."

Hertfordshire-born Singleton joined Warriors’ academy in 2014 after being released by Saracens.

He made 68 outings in blue and gold but left this summer to rejoin Sarries.

“It was exciting to see him get picked by England,” Lance said.

“He posted some photos of him as a kid on social media along with a message about how important and meaningful it was for him and his family to get selected.

“It is exciting times for young Jack.

“I am looking forward to seeing him go well at the World Cup and hopefully England versus Australia at some point.”