LUKE NARRAWAY, Gloucester's exciting breakaway forward, will skipper the Kingsholm club in Saturday's Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham.
The 23-year-old flanker will lead a squad that will include England sevens specialist James Bailey and former Bradford Bulls star Karl Pryce.
Ludovic Mercier, one of the Guinness Premiership most consistent point gatherers, also makes the squad and will be joined by centre Jack Adams and winger Mark Foster, who have considerable first team experience.
Gloucester's line-up is complimented by youngsters with hooker Ross McMillan, utility back Dan Norton, Junior National Academies scrum-half Dave Lewis and Ali James, the new centre from Newbury.
James Cospey (17), who plays on the wing or the centre for Cinderford in National League Three and attends Hartpury College, is also included, as is King's School scrum-half Jordi Pasqualin, who is also a member of Gloucester's Academy set-up.
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan, said: "There are a lot of exciting players in the squad as a whole and we feel this group of players has plenty of capability to make an impression in this tournament.
"It will great to see young guys like Karl Pryce, Jack Adams and Pete Swatkins join a squad with real sevens specialists like Luke Narraway and James Bailey.
"We have a number of new players also involved and it will give them some great exposure in a major tournament.
"The pre-season training camp in Portugal was a great success and now we will get see these players in a game environment and that will be very important before the start of the Premiership season."
Gloucester squad: Luke Narraway (captain and coach), Ross McMillan, Jack Adams, James Bailey, Karl Pryce, Mark Foster, Dan Norton, Pete Swatkins, Dave Lewis, Ludovic Mercier, Dan Copsey, Jordi Pasqualin, Ali James.
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.