After missing out last weekend against the USA, Luke Narraway is restored to the England Saxons starting line up face Ireland A in this Sunday's Churchill Cup final (ko 2.30pm, local time).
The squad sees the return of Bath Rugby's Stuart Hooper, who led the Saxons to their 28-20 victory over Argentina Jaguars in their first pool match and Narraway (Gloucester Rugby) will start at No.8 in place of Tom Guest (Harlequins).
Sale Sharks' Neil Briggs and Chris Jones give way on the bench to Joe Ward (London Wasps) and Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks) respectively, who both feature for the first time this tournament after recovering from injury.
And Shane Geraghty (London Irish) has recovered from a groin strain to take his place on the bench.
Said Head Coach Stuart Lancaster:
"There have been some difficult selection decisions. I have been delighted with all the players and how they have responded and it says a tremendous amount about the character in the squad."
"For us it's a massive challenge we respect Ireland A with the quality of players and management they have over here. We have some young players and some very experienced Premiership players and our challenge has been to mould then into a team and produce performances we are proud of."
"We have had two tough games which we have leant a lot about the players and ourselves on the journey and I'm sure we will learn a lot more come Sunday. But whatever the outcome rest assured they are a committed group of players who will do their best and be proud to represent England in the final."
15 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby); 14 Noah Cato (Saracens), 13 Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps), 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens), 11 Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers); 10 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), 9 Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons); 1 David Flatman (Bath Rugby), 2 Rob Webber (London Wasps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); 4 Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby), 5 Nick Kennedy (London Irish); 6 Phil Dowson (Newcastle Falcons, captain), 7 Ben Woods (Leicester Tigers), 8 Luke Narraway (Gloucester Rugby)
16 Tom Mercey (Saracens), 17 Joe Ward (London Wasps), 18 Dean Schofield (Sale Sharks), 19 Tom Guest (Harlequins), 20 Joe Simpson (London Wasps), 21 Danny Cipriani (London Wasps), 22 Shane Geraghty (London Irish)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).