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.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
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Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.