JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL - one of the most naturally gifted footballers in the Guinness Premiership - will win his eighth cap for England against Samoa on Saturday.
The Gloucester midfield specialist has been drafted in by coach Andy Robinson to provide the cutting edge and dash to an England team who have scored only three tries in two games against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.
Simpson-Daniel has been in electric form for Gloucester from the number 13 position, combining well with youngster Anthony Allen and Test star Mike Tindall after switching from the wing.
He comes into the side for Jamie Noon and told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "It's a great surprise to be named again but I had been in contact with Andy Robinson before the Leicester game because he wanted to know how things were going for me.
"I am delighted to be back involved with the England squad, no matter what the circumstances, and now the chance is there for me, I am desperate to try and take it.
"I suppose I am under a bit of pressure but I just have to try and do the best I can, make a contribution to the team and give it everything I have got.
"I am really looking forward to just having that chance again - whether it came on the wing or in the centre. I am certainly getting more and more confident when I play for Gloucester in the centre and I want to take that forward now with England.
"When I missed out on the squad originally, all I could do was come back to the club and try and play as well as I could so if the opportunity came my way, I was in a position to take it."
Simpson-Daniel will be partnered in the centre by his Kingsholm team-mate Tindall and the duo have been paired together only twice for Gloucester this season against Bayonne and Bucuresti in the European Challenge Cup.
Gloucester number eight James Forrester has also included and will sit on the bench. Phil Vickery, who started at tighthead against both Australia and the All Blacks, should be available for Gloucester's Guinness Premiership match against Saracens.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys admitted that team selection for Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath has not been an easy one, with numerous players ruled out due to injury and suspension. However, he pledged that whoever is wearing the Cherry and White will be 100% committed to fighting until the very last minute.
Speaking to GRTV after the 35-13 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish, Tom Savage praised his team mates for sticking to their game plan and showing real character to clinch an impressive win despite only playing with 14 men for nearly an hour.
With Connacht Rugby the visitors to Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 3:30pm) for Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off, Gloucester ring the changes from the side that took the field against Bath last weekend.
Matt Kvesic was a double winner at the Gloucester Rugby End of Season Awards Dinner on Tuesday, coupled with being named in the England Rugby training squad and the 23-year old is delighted with how his campaign has gone.
Gloucester Rugby held their End of Season Dinner at the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse this week. Amongst all the awards, Thinus Delport interviewed James Hook, Laurie Fisher, Charlie Sharples and Billy Twelvetrees.