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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.
This Sunday, hop on your bicycle and join up with the Pied Piper Sportive to test out new challenging routes across the county with Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm Stadium the start and finish of the ride.