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
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday