GLOUCESTER Academy prop Jack Forster has been named in the Junior National Academy squad for the forthcoming season.
Forster, who joined Gloucester's Academy set-up this summer, was one of 18 players named by Brian Ashton, the RFU's National Academy Manager.
The young prop could feature for the West Country club this Friday when a development side entertain Doncaster at Kingsholm on Friday night (Fri 19 Aug, kick off 7.30pm).
The England selection represents the most talented 16-19-year-olds in the country and will be in contention for national under-19 selection this season.
Mark Hewitt, Gloucester's Academy manager, told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "It's always good for the club to have a player included in the squad. He is a very big young man and we will work on his conditioning but he is on the selection path of England Under-19s.
"He will look to play international group rugby and then even higher - he has already trained with Gloucester's senior squad."
Ashton and the RFU's coaches John Wells, Jim Mallinder and Tosh Askew have been coaching the players at the University of Bath in recent weeks.
Ashton said: "It was harder to make the final selection this year than any other year because of the really high standard on offer. The work both players and national academy coaches have done in our two JNA camps in Bath has been outstanding.
"Despite significant pressure on all of them, they've developed in all areas of the game. The players have shown a high level of performance, great resiliance and they've managed to keep a sense of humour throughout. I now look forward to seeing these players develop further throughout the season."
JUNIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY 2005-06
Danny Care, scrum half, (Leeds Tykes),
Daniel Cipriani, fly half (London Wasps and Whitgift School),
Calum Clarke, flanker (Leeds Tykes and Barnard Castle School),
Oliver Dodge, wing/centre (Leicester Tigers),
David Doherty, wing/fullback (Leeds Tykes),
Jack Forster, prop, (Gloucester, Hartpury College),
Adam Greendale, fly half (Leeds Tykes and Hymers College),
Tom Mercey, prop (Saracens),
Matt Mullan, front row (Worcester Warriors and Bromsgrove School)
Chevvy Pennycook, back row (Bristol and St Brendan's 6th Form College)
Simon Pitfield, lock (Northampton Saints and Bedford School)
Andrew Saull, flanker (Saracens and Bancroft's School)
Joseph Simpson, scrum half (London Wasps and St Benedict's School)
David Tait, back row (Sale Sharks)
Jordan Turner-Hall, centre (NEC Harlequins and Brighton College)
Dominic Waldouck, centre (London Wasps and Latymer Upper School)
Michael Youngs, scrum half (Newcastle Falcons)
Tom Youngs, centre (Leicester Tigers and Gresham's School)
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.