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 to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).