Gloucester's five Churchill Cup squad members, and two of the Club's new recruits, have all been named in the England squad to play the Barbarians at Twickenham on 28 May in the Tibco Challenge.
Phil Vickery, Andy Gomarsall, James Simpson-Daniel, James Forrester and Andy Hazell, as well as Mike Tindall and Peter Richards, who join the Club in the summer, are all part of international squad for the clash at Twickenham.
England assistant coach Joe Lydon is in charge for both the Barbarians game and the Churchill Cup tour, whilst England head coach Andy Robinson is with the Lions. He acknowledges the squad for the Tibco Challenge at Twickenham is very strong.
"The overall priority is the Churchill Cup tour in June but we also want to put in a great performance for the home crowd at Twickenham against the Baa Baas.
"Bringing in Cueto and Noon for the game makes an already strong squad even stronger. Mark has had a great first season with England in the autumn Tests and of course the Six Nations and Jamie really made his mark throughout the Six nations. Their inclusion in our squad to face the Barbarians gives England fans the opportunity to see them in action before we rest them for next season.
"As with the Churchill Cup squad, Pat Sanderson, captain of Worcester Warriors, will captain the England XV at Twickenham and Andy Gomarsall will be vice captain. Pat has shown excellent leadership skills with his club, where he has had a great season."
Micky Ward of Newcastle Falcons comes in to replace Will Green (London Wasps) in both the squad to face the Barbarians and the Churchill Cup tour. This follows Green's personal decision to withdraw from England duties.
Tickets for the Tibco Challenge match between the England XV and the Barbarians can be purchased through Ticketmaster on 0870 902 0000.
ENGLAND SQUAD FOR BARBARIANS WEEK
BARKLEY, Olly - Bath
BELL, Chris - Leeds Tykes
CHUTER George - Leicester Tigers
CUETO, Mark - Sale Sharks
DEACON, Louis - Leicester Tigers
FORRESTER, James - Gloucester
FRESHWATER, Perry - Perpignan
GOMARSALL, Andy - Gloucester (Vice Captain)
GOODE, Andy - Leicester Tigers
GREENING, Phil - London Wasps
HAZELL, Andy - Gloucester
HOOPER, Stuart - Leeds Tykes
JONES, Chris -Sale Sharks
MONYE, Ugo - NEC Harlequins
MORRIS, Robbie - Northampton Saints
NOON, Jamie - Newcastle Falcons
PALMER, Tom - Leeds Tykes
RICHARDS, Peter - London Wasps
SACKEY, Paul - London Wasps
SANDERSON, Pat - Worcester Warriors (Captain)
SIMPSON-DANIEL, James - Gloucester
TAIT, Mathew - Newcastle Falcons
TINDALL, Mike - Bath
VICKERY, Phil - Gloucester
VOYCE, Tom - London Wasps
VYVYAN, Hugh - Saracens
WARD, Micky - Newcastle Falcons
WILKINSON, Jonny - Newcastle Falcons
WORSLEY, Mike - NEC Harlequins
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.