ANTHONY ALLEN has been named in the England Under-21 side to face New Zealand in IRB Under-21 World Championship.
His inclusion in the back-line is the only change from England's opening 34-8 victory over Fiji last Friday and he will join his Gloucester club-mate Ryan Lamb in the starting line-up.
Head coach Jim Mallinder said: "It was pleasing to get a good hard game, in hot conditions, under our belts. Now our focus is on this next game against New Zealand.
"Having watched a video of their first game, the team they put out against Italy impressed in all areas. They have a dominant pack which won plenty of ball in the scrum and line-out and the backs were suitably impressive, running in a lot of good tries.
"In our debrief with the players, we looked at the areas of our game that we think we need to work on. In training we've introduce a few things that we hope will work against the kiwis. This is a big game for us, they are a quality side, but training has been going well. We've tried to do as little as possible so the players are as fresh as possible for tomorrow's big game."
In the front row, new caps hooker Rob Webber and prop Tom Mercey are replaced by Bath's Chris Brooker, who starts at hooker, with big NEC Harlequin Alex Rogers in at prop.
Worcester's Richard Blaze will now line up alongside Tom Croft in the second row and behind him Michael Hills of Sale Sharks takes the place of Chris Robshaw.
The team will be led by number 8 Jordan Crane. Crane, who will next season join Leicester Tigers from the relegated Tykes, captained England U21s in last month's Matt Hampson match and has previously skippered England at U18 and U19 level.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.