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 after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.
Mariano Galarza and Ross Moriarty are both back from injury as Gloucester entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday, kick off 3pm). Willi Heinz will skipper the side from scrum-half.