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 with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Mitcheldean finance specialist Simplicity is proud to become the latest sponsor of Gloucester Rugby. Keen-eyed supporters will notice Simplicity's PayrollSimply logo on Gloucester's ball boy bibs, stadium billboards and programme adverts.
Gloucester Rugby welcomed back a set of returning internationals at the start of this week, and one of them, James Hook is pleased to be back, and ready to get back to business in a Cherry and White shirt.