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.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.