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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.