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."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.