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."
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).