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)
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.