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
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.
Rugby World Cup is approaching on the horizon, and with many of the Rugby World's most decorated and colourful stars set to descend on Kingsholm Stadium for the tournament, we gauged the mood in the camps as the preparations intensify.