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 Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
James Hook picked himself up a pair of tries on his first appearance in Cherry and Whites during the 62-19 win over Yorkshire Carnegie. Speaking to the media after, the Welshman was thrilled with the first run out as well as the result.
Speaking to GRTV shortly after the Cherry and Whites lifted the Premiership Rugby 7s Series for the second consecutive year, Olly Morgan expressed his pride in the young squad and their teamwork, which saw them go unbeaten on the night to earn the first silverware of the season.
With the training centre at Hartpury College undergoing a refurb this week, Gloucester Rugby have relocated their training set up to Dean Close School this week which is a superb environment according to Forwards Coach Andrew Stanley.
The next Ladies' Big in Business Lunch will take place at Kingsholm Stadium on Wednesday 10th September and the guest speaker will be the hugely successful Janis Sinton - Managing Director of TasteTech.