As the top try-scorer in the 2015 Six Nations Championship with four scores, Jonathan Joseph fulfilled the tantalising promise that he showed earlier in his career.
Following that Championship, he received double recognition at the Rugby Players Association awards, becoming the players’ player of the year and England player of the year.
His fifth try of 2015, against France in Paris that August, came from a sharp burst of acceleration to the corner after he was unleashed by Mike Brown.
A scintillating hat-trick in the space of 18 minutes after half-time against Italy in February 2016 confirmed his boundless capabilities.
He went on to start all five games in the 2016 Grand Slam campaign, together with the victorious Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against Wales in 2016.
Sharp-witted Jonathan pilfered a try in the next game against Australia at Brisbane a fortnight later, then touched down twice against Fiji including one from 40 metres out.
He also scored two against Australia in the final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.
His man-of-the-match performance in the 61-21 win over Scotland at Twickenham in March 2016 was sublime, scoring a hat-trick of tries in a 40-minute spell.
Jonathan went on to win selection for the 2017 British & Irish Lions in New Zealand and was a try-scorer in his second game against the Highlanders.
In the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Jonathan featured in all five of England’s match, coming on as a sub for two of the games.
The centre was born in Derby and educated at Park House, near Newbury, the school that Leicester Tigers, England and Lions flanker Tom Croft previously attended.
He went on to Millfield, having played for the Derby and Newbury clubs.
He began playing when ten years old at Derby RFC, where his godfather Roxy Fearon coached him before he moved south, and his father, Ivan, also played rugby for Northampton Saints.
He learnt his trade at the London Irish Senior Academy before joining Bath Rugby in 2013, for whom he has played more than 50 times and scored more than 75 points.
His first England cap was off the bench against South Africa in Durban in June 2012 and he earned a starting place in the second and third Tests, soon after scoring two tries in the record 57-26 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham.
85 points – 17T
2012 SA(1R,2,3), NZ(R) 2013 Arg(1,2) 2015 W, It, I, S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, A, U(R) 2016 S, It, I, W, F, W, A(1,2,3), SA(R), Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, S, I, Arg, A 2018 It(R), W, S, F(R), I
Last updated: 20 April 2018