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
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Lesley Vainikolo was a welcome visitor to Kingsholm this week, reminiscing as he wandered around the stadium. The big winger is back in Gloucester to take part in Sunday's Mitsubishi Motors UK Hybrid Cup (kick off 3pm).
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).