England back-row man Andy Hazell gave Gloucester a big boost ahead of Saturday's West Country clash with Bath after signing a new three-year contract with the Kingsholm club.
The 26 year-old open-side has been in superb form this season earning his first England cap and started the first game of the Six Nations against Wales.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Hazell said: "This season has been a big step-up in terms of achievements with my first cap, and the new contract is a great way to keep that moving."
Hazell, who has made more than 100 appearances for Gloucester in all competitions, added: "It was a huge honour to play for England in the Autumn, and likewise in the Six Nations, and it is just as special playing for Gloucester.
"I've grown up in the city and I want to take Gloucester to the top. We had the special memory of a Powergen Cup win two years ago, and we want more of that which is why the Club has ambitious plans.
"The new contract is a big boost, but nothing changes in terms of what we've got to achieve this season. We've got to target a move up the Premiership, starting with Saturday's game against Bath."
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.
After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.