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
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.