ANDY HAZELL capped a man of the match performance in the European Challenge Cup final when he was named Gloucester's players' player of the year.
The outstanding openside flanker was the landslide winner of the award that is voted for by Gloucester's playing squad.
Hazell's contribution to Gloucester's season has been massive. He has made 26 appearances in all competitions and his try against London Irish at the Stoop was his fifth of the season in one of the most consistent nine months of his career.
His relentless work-rate, remarkable dedication and total commitment have been features of Gloucester's season and he said: "I am really proud to win it - it's nice to be recognised by the people you work with every day.
"It has been a special few days for everyone, particularly after the win on Sunday, and to get awarded this by the rest of the players means a lot."
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.