Gloucester's Mefin Davies and Olly Morgan will also be in international action this weekend with Wales and England U21s respectively.
32 year-old Mefin Davies has been selected at hooker for Wales in their massive Six Nations opener against England and his Gloucester colleagues Andy Hazell, Phil Vickery and James Forrester.
Davies starts for Wales ahead of Robin McBryde, who has recently returned from injury. He starts alongside props Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins.
Gloucester Academy star Olly Morgan is in contention for the full-back slot for England U21s against Wales in Newport on Friday night.
The 19 year-old has already represented England U19s. He was set for a full 80 minutes against Saracens in the Zurich 'A' League last week, but the game was postponed, but he went on to play for Bracknell in the national leagues last weekend.
WALES Vs ENGLAND
Millennium Stadium, Saturday 5th February, Kick-off: 5.30 pm
Wales: G Thomas (Toulouse (capt); H Luscombe (Dragons), T Shanklin (Blues), G Henson (Ospreys), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Clermont Auvergne), D Peel (Scarlets); G Jenkins (Blues), M Davies (Gloucester), A Jones (Ospreys), B Cockbain (Ospreys), R Sidoli (Blues), D Jones (Scarlets), M Williams (Blues), M Owen (Dragons).
Replacements: R McBryde (Scarlets), J Yapp (Blues), J Thomas (Ospreys), R Jones (Ospreys), G Cooper (Dragons), C Sweeney (Dragons), K Morgan (Dragons).
England U21 squad to play Wales U21, Friday 4th February
Richard Blaze - Worcester*
Neil Briggs - Rotherham
Sean Cox - Sale Sharks
Chris Cracknell - NEC Harlequins
Aston Croall - Saracens
Michael Cusack - Leeds Tykes
Chris Goodman - Bath*
Martin Halsall - Sale Sharks
Matt Hampson - Leicester Tigers
James Haskell - London Wasps*
Tom Rees - London Wasps
Dan Smith - Bath
David Ward - Bath
Joe Bedford - Saracens*
Ross Broadfoot - Leicester Tigers
Matt Cornwell - Leicester Tigers
Ryan Davis - Bath*
Ben Foden - Sale Sharks
Olly Morgan - Gloucester*
Tom Varndell - Leicester Tigers*
James Wellwood - London Wasps
Simon Whatling - Worcester
* Intermediate National Academy squad member
England U21 Six Nations fixtures
England U21 v Wales U21, Friday 4th February, Newport 7.05pm
England U21s v France U21, Friday 11th February, Northampton Saints 7.30pm
England U21s v Ireland U21, Friday 25th February, Donnybrook 7.30pm
England U21s v Italy U21, Friday 11th March, Northampton Saints 7.30pm
England U21s v Scotland U21, Friday 18th March, Northampton Saints 7.30pm
Speaking to GRTV this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected on last week's win in La Rochelle as well as an A League semi-final triumph, but insisted that focus has quickly switched to Sunday's crucial Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.