England have named their "strongest available" 26-man squad for the first game in the RBS Under 20 Six Nations.
Head coach Mark Mapletoft's side face Wales in the opening round at Gloucester this Friday night (7.45pm).
Lock James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), full back Tom Homer (London Irish) and fly half Rory Clegg (Harlequins) return from first team duty in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Cup.
All three started last summer's IRB Junior World Championship final against New Zealand in Tokyo but missed last week's 61-7 warm-up win against Cambridge University, when England ran in nine tries against the students.
Several players were involved in LV= Cup games on Saturday and Sunday, shortening England's preparation time for the game at Kingsholm.
"We feel we've got our strongest available squad, which is always positive, because we know what a tough contest Wales will be for us."
"Fourteen of the 26 have been capped at this level before and that experience will be invaluable."
"Personally, as a player and a coach, games against Wales are always the ones I look forward to most eagerly. The rivalry always gets the pulses racing, particularly down at Kingsholm, and I think it'll be a special occasion."
"The five day turnaround will be good experience for the players and if we get our heads down and work hard everything else will look after itself."
Six players from the 32-man Under 20 Elite Player Squad miss out.
Of the backs, Christian Wade (London Wasps) is with the England Sevens squad, Jordi Pasqualin (Gloucester Rugby) and Marcus Watson (London Irish) are injured, and forwards Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons) and Peter Elder (London Wasps) stand down.
Joe Marler (Harlequins), Lee Imiolek (Sale Sharks), Jamie George (Saracens), Arthur Ellis (London Wasps), Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby), Calum Green (Leicester Tigers), Danny Wright (Gloucester Rugby), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Jamie Gibson (London Irish), Jacob Rowan (Leeds Carnegie), Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons), Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons), Jackson Wray (Saracens)
Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers), Sam Stuart (Harlequins), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Rory Clegg (Harlequins), Jake Sharp (Saracens), Tom Casson (Saracens), Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Sam Smith (Harlequins), Will Hurrell (Leicester Tigers), Tom Homer (London Irish)
England's RBS U20 Six Nations fixtures (local times)
Feb 5: England U20 v Wales U20 (Gloucester, 7.45pm) live on Sky Sports
Feb 12: Italy U20 v England U20 (San Dona di Piave, 7pm)
Feb 26: England U20 v Ireland U20 (Gloucester, 7.45pm)
Mar 12: Scotland U20 v England U20 (Firhill, 7.30pm)
Mar 21: France U20 v England U20 (St Nazaire, 3pm)
Tickets are still available and priced as follows:
Seats in the C&G and JS Stands: Adult £15, Concession £12 and Juniors £5.
Standing in the Shed and West Terrace: Adult £10, Concession £8 and Juniors £4.
Gloucester Rugby season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets at the following discounted prices:
Adult £13, Concession £10 and Juniors £3 in the C&G and JS Stands.
Adult £8, Concession £6 and Juniors £2 in the Shed and West Terrace.
Supporters can also save money by booking the double match package priced as follows:
Adult £26, Concessions £20 and Juniors £6 in the C&G and JS Stands.
Adults £16, Concession £12 and Juniors £4 in the Shed and West Terrace.
A number of hospitality packages are still available for both matches in the C&G Stand and West Stand. Prices start from £500 plus VAT for a 12 person suite.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.