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."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.