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 after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby kick off their Aviva Premiership campaign at Northampton Saints on Friday evening, and then return home to entertain the same opponent in the A League at Kingsholm on Monday September 8th.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.