Gloucester Rugby back row forward Apo Satala has been named in the Army side for their annual clash with the Navy at Twickenham on Saturday May 2nd.
Apo, a Private in the Royal regiment of Scotland, has been a been a big part of Army Rugby over the past few seasons and was a member of the Army winning teams at the Middlesex 7s in both 2001 and 2004.
Although he had previous experience with Leeds, Satala caught Gloucester's eye playing for the British Army in the Middlesex Sevens in the summer and immediately joined the club on trial.
He impressed so much, Head Coach Dean Ryan signed the explosive back rower until the end of the season and Satala caught the eye instantly thanks to his ball carrying qualities and destructive tackling.
He went on to make 22 appearances for Gloucester this season and scored two tries.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.