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, 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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).