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.
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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
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.