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)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).