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.
After a longer than usual preseason, Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe told GRTV this week that everyone at the club is looking forward to the trip this weekend to take on Exeter Chiefs in the opening round of the West Country Challenge Cup.
Gloucester Rugby hosted their first ever Beach Weekender over the Bank Holiday, and Commercial Director Mike Turner hailed the event as a great success as supporters braved the weather to flock to Gloucester Quays for a weekend of fun and rugby on the beach.
Speaking after his team's exit in the semi-finals, following a 19-14 defeat to the eventual winners the Newport Gwent Dragons, Coach Tim Taylor spoke to GRTV of how pleased he was with how his team acquitted themselves at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Finals.
Ben Vellacott was one of the standout performers in last week's pool stages and, ahead of Friday evening's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Finals, told GRTV that he and his team mates will just try and play their own game once again.
Gloucester Rugby number eight Ben Morgan was today named in England's squad for Rugby World Cup 2015, a reward for eight months of hard work recuperating from a serious injury suffered back in January. Ben was one of a number of players who spoke at a press conference following the squad announcement.
Steph Reynolds led from the front once again as Gloucester kicked off their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s campaign in style on Thursday evening. The flyer scored three tries but admitted that he left most of the team talk duties to others.
Olly Morgan led the Cherry and Whites to three wins out of three in Group B of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s and he expressed his delight in the young members of the squad in excelling in front of a bumper Kingsholm crowd.
Olly Morgan leads the Gloucester Rugby Sevens squad this Thursday in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series at Kingsholm, and he is backing the young side to take the opportunity with both hands as they take to the field.
On Thursday, we focused on the powerful Georgians, as Head Coach Milton Haig introduced us to his exciting squad. Today we catch up with the Japanese camp before the two nations meet at Kingsholm Stadium this Saturday.
The Cherry and Whites kick off the inaugural West Country Challenge Cup at Sandy Park this Saturday when they meet Exeter Chiefs (KO 4:30), and front rower Dan Murphy is delighted that the return to action has arrived.