GLOUCESTER lock Will James has spoken of the 'fabulous feeling' after being named in Wales' 30-man World Cup squad.
The Kingsholm second row has forced his way into the final cut following a hugely impressive debut season at Gloucester and will join the Ospreys trio of Ian Gough, Alun-Wyn Jones and Ian Evans as Gareth Jenkins' second row options.
He will be joined in the squad by new Gloucester scrum-half Gareth Cooper and James told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "The news is starting to sink in now and obviously there is a great deal of elation at being involved.
"I am sure the experience will be fabulous and I am just looking to play my part in any way I can.
"When Gloucester offered me a contract last season it was a case of just working as hard as I could to try and force my way into the side. I managed to get some good exposure in the Premiership last season and was then I was named in the Wales training squad - it has been a great year for me.
"It just went from there really and I am absolutely chuffed. We have trained for the last six or seven weeks, have had a couple of conditioning games and I just tried to do the best I could.
"Against England last week there were certain technical elements that did not function well for us and it was very difficult from 1-15 but on the flip side it was a great experience and now I want to build on it."
James (30), who already has experience with Wales A, joined Gloucester last season from the Cornish Pirates. He made 18 appearances in all competitions and scored one try.
Dean Ryan, Gloucester's head coach, added: "Will's inclusion is testament to his outstanding hard work and contribution he made to Gloucester last season. On behalf of everyone at the club, we wish him all the best for the tournament."
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.