Gloucester's Andy Hazell has been named in England starting line-up for Saturday's opening Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff.
The 26 year-old open-side is joined by Gloucester's Phil Vickery and James Forrester, who both start from the bench at the Millennium Stadium.
Andy Gomarsall and Henry Paul miss out on the matchday 22 and will return to Kingsholm training mid-week in time for Saturday's away clash at NEC Harlequins.
Hazell had picked up a knock to his knee against Worcester on Saturday, but the England medical team gave him the green light to continue training.
Elsewhere in the England line-up head coach Andy Robinson named 18 year-old Mathew Tait in his starting XV.
The talented youngster will start at outside centre alongside fellow Falcons centre Jamie Noon.
Robinson has selected Matt Dawson (London Wasps) for the scrum half position amidst stiff opposition from both Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers) and Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester).
"Selection for the team to play Wales was very close indeed, with several players close to making the starting XV. Obviously injuries were also a factor in the selection process but I'm confident this is a strong team to face Wales on Saturday," said Robinson.
"I've never been afraid to select young talented players if I feel they are ready and Mathew Tait has demonstrated to me he has the form and speed to earn his place in the starting XV. I congratulate him on earning his first England cap. He will be playing alongside his clubmate Jamie Noon, which is something he will be familiar with.
"Selecting the scrum half position was a close call, however I have decided to start Matt Dawson who has shown great form for his club and can offer tremendous experience, with Harry Ellis on the bench. Andy Hazell impressed me during the autumn internationals at Twickenham and I feel he fully earns his place in the back row."
15 ROBINSON, Jason - Sale Sharks (Captain)
14 CUETO, Mark - Sale Sharks
13 TAIT, Mathew - Newcastle Falcons
12 NOON, Jamie - Newcastle Falcons
11 LEWSEY, Josh - London Wasps
10 HODGSON, Charlie - Sale Sharks
9 DAWSON, Matt -London Wasps
1 ROWNTREE, Graham - Leicester Tigers
2 THOMPSON, Steve - Northampton Saints
3 WHITE, Julian - Leicester Tigers
4 GREWCOCK, Danny - Bath
5 KAY, Ben - Leicester Tigers
6 MOODY, Lewis - Leicester Tigers
7 HAZELL, Andy - Gloucester
8 WORSLEY, Joe - London Wasps
16 TITTERRELL, Andy - Sale Sharks
17 VICKERY, Phil - Gloucester
18 BORTHWICK, Steve - Bath
19 FORRESTER, James - Gloucester
20 ELLIS, Harry - Leicester Tigers
21 BARKLEY, Olly - Bath
22 COHEN, Ben - Northampton Saints
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
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Following the conclusion of the Aviva Premiership game against Harlequins on Saturday, it'll be the turn of the Gloucester-Hartpury Women to grace the Kingsholm turf when they take on Worcester Ladies IIs.
Westbury-on-Severn RFC was the host on Friday as the Gloucester Rugby Community Department joined pupils from schools in the Forest of Dean for a tag rugby festival as part of the Aviva Tackling Numbers delivery.