Six Gloucester players have been named in the England Elite Player Squad, with James Forrester also listed in the Senior National Academy squad.
James Simpson-Daniel, Henry Paul, Phil Vickery, Alex Brown, Andy Hazell and Andy Gomarsall will all team up with the rest of the England players for the remainder of this season.
The 56 players named in the revised EPS squad on Tuesday also include, for the first time, Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks) and Phil Greening (London Wasps) in the senior group, and Andy Beattie (Bath) in the Senior National Academy.
Scrum half Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers) has been elevated from the Senior National Academy into the senior group and another scrum half, Matt Dawson (London Wasps), who stepped down from the Elite Player Squad last September because of his non England commitments, has now rejoined the group.
Under the EPS agreement the head coach can make up to six changes to the overall squad, to take account of recent form, injuries and retirements. Robinson commented on his changes.
"Mark Cueto thoroughly deserves his inclusion in the senior squad after his outstanding performances in the Investec Challenge games last November where he scored four tries.
"In consultation with Brian Ashton, National Academies manager, Andy Beattie comes into the Senior National Academy because of his consistent form for Bath as blind-side flanker. He has matured greatly as a player these past two seasons."
Another player who's form for his club, London Wasps, has improved in recent months, is England scrum half Matt Dawson. Robinson has brought him back into the EPS on merit.
"I always said I would consider bringing Matt back if I felt he was playing well for his club. He has demonstrated this in Wasps' recent Heineken Cup and Zurich Premiership matches and merits his return on his current form."
The RFU's Performance Director Chris Spice, who manages the EPS system, commented: "With the cooperation of the Zurich Premiership clubs, we are able to channel players through the EPS system to the benefit of club, country and players.
"It's particularly encouraging to see the progress of the younger players making their way through Brian Ashton's Junior and Intermediate National Academies into the Senior National Academy and beyond. And Harry Ellis of Leicester Tigers is a great success story for the England Rugby Regional Academy system."
Robinson begins his first three day England training session of 2005 next Monday, when the squad train with the Rugby League champions, Leeds Rhinos. 42 of the EPS players are invited for this first training session in preparation for the RBS 6 Nations, which begin next month.
ELITE PLAYER SQUAD 2004-2005 (January 2005)
ABBOTT, Stuart - London Wasps
BALSHAW, Iain - Leeds Tykes
BORTHWICK, Steve - Bath
BROWN, Alex - Gloucester
CHUTER George - Leicester Tigers
COHEN, Ben - Northampton Saints
CORRY, Martin - Leicester Tigers
CUETO, Mark - Sale Sharks
DAWSON, Matt - London Wasps
ELLIS, Harry - Leicester Tigers
FLATMAN, David - Bath
GOMARSALL, Andy - Gloucester
GREENING, Phil - London Wasps
GREENWOOD, Will - NEC Harlequins
GREWCOCK, Danny - Bath
HAZELL, Andy - Gloucester
HILL, Richard - Saracens
HODGSON, Charlie - Sale Sharks
KAY, Ben - Leicester Tigers
KING, Alex - London Wasps
LEWSEY, Josh - London Wasps
MOODY, Lewis - Leicester Tigers
NOON, Jamie - Newcastle Falcons
PAUL, Henry - Gloucester
ROBINSON, Jason - Sale Sharks
ROWNTREE, Graham - Leicester Tigers
SHAW, Simon - London Wasps
SIMPSON-DANIEL, James - Gloucester
THOMPSON, Steve - Northampton Saints
TINDALL, Mike - Bath
TITTERRELL, Andy - Sale Sharks
VICKERY, Phil - Gloucester
VYVYAN, Hugh - Saracens
WHITE, Julian - Leicester Tigers
WILKINSON, Jonny - Newcastle Falcons
WORSLEY, Joe - London Wasps
WORSLEY, Mike - NEC Harlequins
SENIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY
BARKLEY, Olly - Bath
BEATTIE, Andy - Bath
CHRISTOPHERS, Phil - Leeds Tykes
DEACON, Louis - Leicester Tigers
FORRESTER, James - Gloucester
JONES, Chris -Sale Sharks
PALMER, Tom - Leeds Tykes
REES, Tom - London Wasps
SHERIDAN, Andy - Sale Sharks
SKINNER, Will - Leicester Tigers
SMITH, Ollie - Leicester Tigers
STEVENS, Matt - Bath
TAIT, Mathew - Newcastle Falcons
VOYCE, Tom - London Wasps
DOWSON, Phil - Newcastle Falcons
HAUGHTON, Richard - Saracens
MONYE, Ugo - NEC Harlequins
ROQUES, Tony - London Irish
SANDERSON, Pat - Worcester Warriors
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.