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
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.