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."
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester travel to Tigers this Saturday in good spirits, and fly half Billy Burns is looking forward to testing himself in one of the toughest environments in the league as the Cherry and White hunt vital points as attention returns to the Aviva Premiership
After a good run of recent results, Gloucester will travel to take on Leicester in a good frame of mind according to Director of Rugby David Humphreys, but are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.
As part of its commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) has today officially launched #LiftTheWeight, a new campaign that aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.