Gloucester's James Merriman has been named on the bench for Wales U21s for Friday's clash with England at Newport's Rodney Parade.
The 21 year-old injured his knee at the end of last season and has made a good recovery. Merriman was set to be involved for Gloucester's 'A' side against Saracens last week, before the game was postponed.
Merriman played for Lydney last weekend to assist him in his recovery, and Friday night's game will be the next step back to full fitness for the highly rated open-side, although he will be hoping his Welsh side will be able to improve on last season's sixth position in the Six Nations.
Wales U21 Vs England U21s takes place at Newport's Rodney Parade ground on Friday 4 February, kick off 7.05pm.
Wales under 21: Ricky Williams (Newport); Aled Brew (Ospreys/Neath), Andrew Bishop (Neath), Gavin Evans (Scarlets/Llanelli), Chris Czekaj (Cardiff); Matthew Jones (Ospreys), Wayne Evans (Carmarthen Quins); Scott Roberts (Bridgend), Duane Goodfield (Pontypridd), Cai Griffiths (Neath/Ospreys), Alun Wyn-Jones (Swansea), Ian Evans (Neath), Chris Davies (Bridgend), Rhys Shellard (Pontypridd), Jonathan Mills (Scarlets, captain)
Replacements: Rhys James (UWIC), Ross Davies (Newbridge), Phillip Osborne (Cardiff), James Merriman (Hartpury Coll/Gloucester), Tom Smith (Neath), Aled Thomas (Carmarthen Quins), Rhodri McAtee (Penzance)
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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Speaking to the local media after the 35-22 loss at Wasps, lock Tom Savage spoke of his disappointment at the result, with Gloucester left to rue a number of missed opportunities against a clinical home side.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.