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
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees admitted that the Gloucester squad were disappointed and frustrated after losing at home to Exeter, regretting that Gloucester's own errors had given the Chiefs the upper hand.
David Humphreys spoke to the local press after the Gloucester Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs on Friday was announced. Henry Purdy is making his Premiership debut for Gloucester and thoroughly deserves his chance says Humphreys.
Dan Murphy was part of a Gloucester pack which took a grip as the Sale game progressed and, ultimately, were rewarded with a late penalty try. The loose head prop says the team's improved scrummaging is down to a lot of hard work over the summer.
Gloucester clinched their first Aviva Premiership win of the season on Saturday, 34-27 over Sale Sharks, and scrum half Greig Laidlaw felt that the Kingsholm crowd played a massive part as they spurred the team on.
David Humphreys spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV after the 34-27 win over Sale Sharks at Kingsholm. The Director of Rugby praised the Kingsholm crowd for spurring the team on to a super second half comeback.
Speaking to Gloucester Rugby TV this week, Sione Kalamafoni is expecting a tough, physical battle against Sale Sharks as the Cherry and Whites return to Kingsholm for Round Two of the Aviva Premiership