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.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
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.