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.
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.
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).