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."
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.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).