Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Davies has said that Billy Twelvetrees' call-up to the Lions squad is richly deserved.
Davies added that the call was testimony to the hard work that the centre has put in over the past 12 months.
It caps a memorable twelve months for the 24-year old who, at this point last year, was preparing to link up with his new team-mates at Gloucester for pre-season training.
The centre went on to start 21 games in total for the Cherry and Whites last season, including 18 of the club's Aviva Premiership starts.
"I'm really pleased for Billy. It's a massive achievement. Selection for the Lions is something every player strives for and, speaking on behalf of everyone at Gloucester Rugby, we're all very proud of him," said Davies.
"Since his arrival at the club, he's been the model professional. He trains hard, he works hard and he's formed a great midfield partnership with Freddie Burns.
"He's almost a blueprint for what you want from a 12 in the modern game. He's got great distribution skills, he's massively physical and he's got a superb kicking game.
"And I honestly think that he's still improving. He's a very intelligent player, who is always looking for ways to improve his game and his selection for the Lions is credit to both himself and the club."