Gloucester and England centre Mike Tindall has expressed his surprise at the lack of his Kingsholm team-mates in England's Six Nation squad.
Tindall was surprised so many of his Kingsholm team mates missed out (Getty Images)
Just three of the Cherry-and-Whites are included in Brian Ashton's 32-man group - Tindall, Iain Balshaw and the former League star Lesley Vainikolo.
"It's tough because we sit top of the Premiership and yet we only get three in the main squad," Tindall said.
"We perform week in week out and you want those guys to get their chance."
Many had thought that Gloucester's impressive form in the Premiership might have led to more of their players being included in the full squad.
I think he could hold himself on any field with any players
Mike Tindall on Lesley Vainikolo
Tindall was particularly surprised that his centre partner at Kingsholm, Anthony Allen, had only been selected for the Saxons:
"In terms of where he's come over the last year Ant has been outstanding for us and if he can keep getting better and better I'm sure he'll nail down that 12 jersey soon."
Tindall had been tipped to be named as the new England captain because World Cup skipper Phil Vickery appeared to be uncertain of starting in Brian Ashton's side.
But Vickery received the coach's backing and the Wasps man was re-named as captain for the Six Nations campaign.
Despite the number of Gloucester omissions from the full squad, Tindall was in no doubt that Tongan-born former New Zealand rugby league international Lesley Vainikolo was deserving of his place in the 32:
"I think he could hold himself on any field with any players. His commitment and his attitude to how you play rugby is what you want and I think he'll fit right in," Tindall said.