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.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).