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.
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).