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.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).