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 after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.