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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
20 year old Lewis Ludlow was one of Gloucester's young guns who contributed hugely to the 18-9 LV= Cup win at London Welsh on Sunday afternoon. After the game, he praised his team mates for the massive team effort by an inexperienced side.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.