Gloucester's Adam Balding has been called up to England 42-man Six Nations training squad for the three-day session this week.
The 25 year-old number eight has been in superb form for Gloucester since his summer move from Leicester Tigers.
Balding made his Gloucester debut in the opening day win away at Leeds Tykes's Headingley Stadium in September, and has hit top gear in recent weeks.
The Six Nations training squad session is also at Headingley and after a phone call on Monday morning the talented back-row man was on his way up north, where he will be joined by Leicester's Andy Goode.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com on his way up to Leeds, Balding, who has been involved in every Gloucester game this season, said: "I'm just really happy. It's good to get the opportunity to join up with the squad and see how it all works and get involved."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.