Gloucester's Will Matthews has been called up to the England U21 squad for next week's Six Nations clash with Italy at Franklin's Gardens (Fri 11 Mar, Kick off 7.30pm).
20 year-old Matthews, who was on the bench for Gloucester last weekend against Newcastle in the Zurich Premiership, joins full-back Olly Morgan in the 24-man training squad.
The matchday squad for the game will be named on Tuesday 8 March, and coach Jim Mallinder said: "I was delighted that we picked up our first win last weekend and also with the manner of the performance. We set out with the intent to play expansive rugby and scored five good tries, with our full back and wing scoring two tries apiece.
"We've made massive improvements in the line out and the forwards supplied quality ball for the backs who looked sharp. It was good to see the side defended well and didn't concede any tries."
"It's good to have Will Matthews with us. He's been doing a lot of work with Nigel as part of the Intermediate National Academy, he's a versatile player who offers cover across our back row."
ENGLAND U21 TRAINING SQUAD
Richard Blaze - Worcester
Neil Briggs - Rotherham
Sean Cox - Sale Sharks
Michael Cusack - Leeds Tykes
Matt Hampson - Leicester Tigers
James Haskell - London Wasps
Mark Hopley - Worcester
Mark Lambert - NEC Harlequins
Stuart Mackie - Newcastle Falcons
Will Matthews - Gloucester
Tom Ryder - Leicester Tigers
David Seymour - Saracens
Wayne Thompson - Bristol Shoguns
Richard Thorpe - London Irish
Tom Biggs - Leeds Tykes
Matt Cornwell - Leicester Tigers
Ryan Davis - Bath
Lee Dickson - Newcastle Falcons
Toby Flood - Newcastle Falcons
Ben Foden - Sale Sharks
Olly Morgan - Gloucester
Topsy Ojo - London Irish
Tom Varndell - Leicester Tigers
Simon Whatling - Worcester
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.