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 local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).