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.
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.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.