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."
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.