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."
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.