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.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.