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)
Gloucester travel to Devon to take on the Exeter Chiefs in the opening round of the LV= Cup on Saturday and, with several players away on international duty, Scrum Coach Trevor Woodman feels that the competition provides other players with a great chance to show what they can do.
Man of the Match Matt Kvesic confirmed that Gloucester were anticipating a physical encounter in Oyonnax, and duly got one. The flanker told GRTV that taking the win and denying the home side even a bonus point was a big achievement.
Speaking after he kicked 20 points in Gloucester's 25-15 win over Oyonnax on Saturday evening, Greig Laidlaw admitted that the game had been every bit as challenging as expected and praised the massive effort put in by the pack.
Speaking after the 25-15 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in France, David Humphreys told the local media that he was delighted that his Gloucester team matched Oyonnax's intensity on the night and made it two wins from two in Europe.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.