Gloucester's James Simpson-Daniel returns to the England set-up after being named in the Andy Robinson's 30-man training squad in the build-up to the Six Nations clash against Italy on 12 March.
The 22 year-old joins Andy Hazell and Andy Gomarsall, with Leicester's Martin Corry named as captain, and he becomes the 119th England player to receive the honour of captaining his country.
The England and Leicester Tigers number 8 has 35 England caps and has regularly captained his club. Throughout the Six Nations championship and last November's autumn internationals, Corry has played outstandingly, as part of an impressive England back row. The captaincy decision follows an injury to Jason Robinson's hand in Dublin last sunday.
Leon Lloyd of Leicester Tigers, who played for England in 2001 on the North America tour, has also been called into the squad. Nine of the 30 man England squad are from Leicester Tigers, the current Zurich Premiership leaders. Commenting on his selection, England head coach Andy Robinson said,
"Martin Corry has really impressed me with his performances for both England and Tigers this season. He has had some outstanding games. Together with other forwards such as Ben Kay, he has supported Jason Robinson by offering great leadership from the back row. I know he will step up to this challenge for this important game against Italy.
"I'd like to welcome James Simpson-Daniel back into the squad after his recent shoulder injury. Leon Lloyd has impressed for Tigers and I'm delighted to see him return to join the squad next week.
"I was unable to consider Henry Paul or Mathew Tait on this occasion as they are currently part of the England Sevens squad for the World Cup, where I am sure they will play an important part. "
ENGLAND 30 MAN SQUAD
BALSHAW, Iain - Leeds Tykes
BARKLEY, Olly - Bath
BELL, Duncan - Bath
BORTHWICK, Steve - Bath
CHUTER George - Leicester Tigers
COHEN, Ben - Northampton Saints
CORRY, Martin - Leicester Tigers - Captain
CUETO, Mark - Sale Sharks
DAWSON, Matt - London Wasps
ELLIS, Harry - Leicester Tigers
GOMARSALL, Andy - Gloucester
GOODE, Andy - Leicester Tigers
GREWCOCK, Danny - Bath
HAZELL, Andy - Gloucester
HODGSON, Charlie - Sale Sharks
JONES, Chris - Sale Sharks
KAY, Ben - Leicester Tigers
LEWSEY, Josh - London Wasps
LLOYD, Leon - Leicester Tigers
MOODY, Lewis - Leicester Tigers
NOON, Jamie - Newcastle Falcons
ROWNTREE, Graham - Leicester Tigers
SHAW, Simon - London Wasps
SHERIDAN, Andy - Sale Sharks
SIMPSON-DANIEL, James - Gloucester
SMITH, Ollie - Leicester Tigers
STEVENS, Matt - Bath
THOMPSON, Steve - Northampton Saints
TITTERRELL, Andy - Sale Sharks
WORSLEY, Joe - London Wasps
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
The day has dawned and Madness will play Live at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. It's going to be an incredible night with a huge crowd but, if you haven't yet purchased, tickets are still available on the day.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.