Gloucester's official website has the latest comments from local-born open-side Andy Hazell, who this week was named in the England starting XV for the opening clash of the RBS Six Nations against Wales.
Talking about his Six Nations debut, 26 year-old Hzell said: "As you grow up you always watch the Six Nations and to be part of it is a great honour for me. Touch wood, I have remained injury free this year and that has really helped."
Hazell will be up against a strong Welsh side and he said: "Wales are on the up and they have a fairly new team, but with the team we have got we are more than ready for it."
An interesting fact it that the Gloucester back-row man hasn't always played at open-side. "I started playing rugby on the wing but I was pretty bored and kept flying in to tackle people so they moved me to flanker when I was about 14 at Severn Vale School. As a lad I used to go and watch Gloucester and my ambition was to play for them."
A few years ago it was reported that Hazell was eligible to play for Wales, but he was always keen to wear the red rose and white shirt of England.
"My granny is from Blackwood. Graham Henry rang me up and invited me to a training session which was nice at the time and it gives us a lot of confidence but it never really crossed my mind because I always wanted to play for England."
The last couple of seasons has seen Hazell as a regular for England's tours of North America, and he added: "It's really good because it is that next step up from club rugby and it makes that move into international rugby not so big. A lot of the guys, Mark Cueto and Jamie Noon, played in the Churchill Cup with me so you can see the benefit of the competition.
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
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Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.