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
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.
With a fantastic rugby season coming to a thrilling climax and the prospect of the world's best battling it out in our back garden in September and October, there has never been a better time to quiz your Gloucester Rugby and home nation heroes on what makes them tick.