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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.