RUSSELL Earnshaw reckons Tongan forward Semisi Taulava has a tremendous future in the game following his performance at Worcester last week.
Although the Bees were well beaten 48-3, Taulava really caught the eye with his rampaging runs.
Bees director of rugby Earnshaw said: “He’s a real prospect and I believe he’ll be playing in the Premiership within 12 months.
“He’s still got a lot to learn, but the great thing is that he’s willing to learn and once we can get him a bit fitter, he’ll prove a real handful as a ball carrier.
“Not only does he need to learn, but we need to learn as a team as well.”
Earnshaw was unhappy with the outcome at title favourites Worcester adding: “If anyone had asked me before the game if I’d take 48-3, I certainly would not have.
“I don’t go to Worcester expecting to lose - but at times some of the players looked as though they were in awe of them.
“We’ve got enough experienced players of our own - but they didn’t take ownership of the game.
“I couldn’t fault the players for their effort, but there wasn’t any clarity there at times and we got punished for that.”
Bees enter a new era this weekend when they host Nottingham on Sunday (3pm) at their new Damson Park home.
Earnshaw has a high regard for Nottingham and claims they are the best ‘pound for points’ side in the Championship.
Nottingham suffered a narrow 27-21 reverse to much fancied London Welsh last Saturday to reinforce Earnshaw’s theory.
Earnshaw has appealed to all local rugger supporters to turn out and help Bees try and make a winning start in their new home.