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."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.