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 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.