Two of Gloucester's talented youngsters will be in more international action for England over the next few weeks.
19 year-old full-back Olly Morgan continues in the England U21s squad, after a try-scoring appearance in the win over Italy last week.
Ryan Lamb has been playing scrum-half this season for England U19s and grabbed two tries for his age group in last week's win. The 18 year-old half-back has been named in the England U19 squad for the World Cup at the end of the month.
The official website rounds up the news from both the U21s and U19s camps.
England's U21 coaches Jim Mallinder and Nigel Redman have named a 26-man training squad for their final match of the 2005 U21 Six Nations against Scotland on Friday (18 Mar, Franklin's Gardens, kick off 7.30pm).
Mallinder was pleased with the side's performance in their last game against Italy. The 31-14 win over the young Azzuri followed their 28-6 win over Ireland in Dublin two weeks ago.
He said: "We are improving all the time. We know Scotland are a good strong side and we are looking forward to the challenge."
England training squad
Richard Blaze - Worcester
Neil Briggs - Rotherham
Sean Cox - Sale Sharks
Michael Cusack - Leeds Tykes
Martin Halsall - Sale Sharks
Matt Hampson - Leicester Tigers
James Haskell - London Wasps
Mark Hopley - Worcester Warriors
Tom Rees - London Wasps
Tom Ryder - Leicester Tigers
David Seymour - Saracens
Dan Smith - Bath
Wayne Thompson - Bristol
Richard Thorpe - London Irish
David Ward - Bath
Tom Biggs - Leeds Tykes
Ross Broadfoot - Leicester Tiger
Matt Cornwell - Leicester Tigers
Ryan Davis - Bath
Lee Dickson - Newcastle Falcons
Ben Foden - Sale Sharks
Toby Flood - Newcastle Falcons
Topsy Ojo - London Irish
Olly Morgan - Gloucester
Tom Varndell - Leicester Tigers
Simon Whatling - Worcester
England U21 Six Nations Results
England U21 21 - 32 Wales U21 (Friday 4th February, Newport)
England U21 17 - 20 France U21 (Friday 11th February, Northampton)
England U21 28 - 6 Ireland U21 (Friday 25th February, Donnybrook)
England U21 31 - 14 Italy U21 (Friday 11th March, Northampton Saints)
England U21 Six Nations Fixtures:
England U21s v Scotland U21, Friday 18th March, Northampton Saints 7.30pm
Following their 50-8 Grand Slam deciding win against Italy on Friday night, the England U19 squad flying to Durban at the end of the month to compete in the IRB U19 World Championship has been named by coach Tosh Askew.
Askew said: "We are very excited about the prospect of taking on the best in the world because, after our performance in the Six Nations, I think we have the potential to be the best in the world."
The quad of 26 is as follows:
Chris Brooker (Bath)
Rob Webber (Leeds Tykes)
Dylan Hartley (Worcester)
Tom Mercey (Saracens)
Alex Rogers (NEC Harlequins)
Kevin Davis (Leicester Tigers)
James Inglis (NEC Harlequins)
Jordan Crane (Leeds Tykes) Captain
Alex Rae (Worcester)
Mike Myerscough (Bath)
Donald Barrell (Saracens)
Andrew Boyde (Leeds Tykes)
David Tait (Sale Sharks)
Marc Howgate (Leicester Tigers)
Danny Care (Leeds Tykes)
Ryan Lamb (Gloucester)
Shane Geraghty (London Irish)
Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)
Alex Wright (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Adam Powell (Saracens)
Dominic Shabbo (London Irish)
Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps)
Anthony Allen (NEC Harlequins)
Uche Oduoza (Worcester)
David Doherty (Leeds Tykes)
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.