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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.