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 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.
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).