Luke Narraway is ready and waiting for the chance to play at Twickenham on Saturday against Saracens in the Zurich Wild Card final (kick off 1pm).
The 21 year-old, who has just signed a new two-year contract, has staked his claim in recent weeks and starts at open-side against Saracens at the weekend.
The Gloucester Academy product will line up alongside Pete Buxton and captain Adam Balding in the Gloucester back-row at Twickenham, with Andy Hazell (head) and Jake Boer (hand) both ruled out through injury.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Narraway said: "I've got some big boots to fill, but I've just got to get on with it. I played at Twickenham for England U18s some years back, and it's a big place and big pitch, but I expect there'll be a few more supporters there this time."
Narraway made his first start of the season away at Newcastle in February, and scored the team's fourth try to seal a 27-27 draw and a try-bonus point.
"Our back-row can compete with the best. We've got to concentrate on our job on Saturday. We've been focussing well in the last few weeks, and there has been a gradual improvement, week on week."
With Narraway stepping up to the starting XV, it has seen James Forrester slotting in at centre, with the recent midfield injuries.
"James Forrester is an extremely talented player, and there aren't many players in world rugby who can do what he does.
"He's got good hands, and the pace of a back-line player. He can pop-up anywhere, and he could be our 'wild card' in the Wild Card final.
"We want to get the ball in hand, and we'll have a smile on our face, and give it everything against Saracens."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.