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.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.