Five players will win their first caps for England in the opening game of the RBS U20 Six Nations against Wales at Gloucester on Friday night (7.45pm). Gloucester's Freddie Burns and Shaun Knight will both start with Jonny May named amongst the replacements.
Full back Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons), wing Sam Smith (Harlequins), lock Calum Green (Leicester Tigers), flanker Will Welch and No.8 Alex Gray (both Newcastle Falcons) are all in the starting line-up
They slot into an experienced side that contains seven survivors from last year's IRB Junior World Championship in Tokyo, where England were beaten finalists for the second year in succession.
Back in action after missing last month's 61-7 warm-up win against Cambridge University are established Guinness Premiership performers James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Tom Homer (London Irish) and Rory Clegg (Harlequins).
Gloucester's Freddie Burns will be at fly half on his home ground with Clegg and Homer making up an exciting midfield trio.
"We're excited about the potential of this group and we've got a nice blend of young players coming into the side together with those who were involved with us last year," said head coach Mark Mapletoft.
"We want to play an exciting brand of rugby at a high tempo and they've all bought into that.
"We're under no illusions that Wales will be a really difficult test for us, though, and they continue to produce lots of talented young players. Both sides will want to play and move the ball, so it should make for a great contest at Kingsholm."
15 Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons)
14 Will Hurrell (Leicester Tigers)
13 Tom Homer (London Irish)
12 Rory Clegg (Harlequins)
11 Sam Smith (Harlequins)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
9 Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2 Jamie George (Saracens)
3 Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
4 Calum Green (Leicester Tigers)
5 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
6 Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons)
7 Jacob Rowan (Leeds Carnegie, captain)
8 Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons)
16 Arthur Ellis (London Wasps)
17 Lee Imiolek (Sale Sharks)
18 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)
19 Jackson Wray (Saracens)
20 Sam Stuart (Harlequins)
21 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
22 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.