Andy Robinson has named Andy Hazell in the England squad
ANDY HAZELL has been named in the 30-man England squad for their autumn internationals next month.
The openside flanker has been included in the squad because of injury to Joe Worsley.
Hazell has been joined in the squad by James Forrester, Peter Richards, Phil Vickery and Mike Tindall. Winger James Simpson-Daniel is on stand-by.
England Head Coach, Andy Robinson said "I've had to make some changes to the squad because of injuries and others are based on current form but all the players involved are there on merit.
"There will be some disappointed players from the first 30 man and stand by squads I announced last month but I will always stress that the door to selection is open and that I'm sure each of those who have not made it into either squad for the Investec matches will be making a strong case for selection to the RBS 6 Nations over the next few months.
"Joe Worsley (London Wasps), Iain Balshaw (Leeds Tykes) and Alex Brown (Gloucester) could not be considered because of injury but we will continue to monitor their progress.
"Ben Cohen (Northampton Saints) has returned to the squad and he has been in excellent form for his club. I feel that he is returning to the form that made him such an important member of the squad two years ago and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
"Olly Barkley (Bath), Tom Voyce (London Wasps), Andy Hazell (Gloucester) and Steve Borthwick (Bath) have all been in outstanding form for their clubs and given me some very difficult decisions to make. They were always in contention by virtue of the fact they were originally in the stand by squad and have all now made the step back up to the senior squad. Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers) was called into the squad when we trained at Loughborough due to injuries to Simon Shaw (London Wasps) and Tom Palmer (Leeds Tykes) and he impressed me in training with England."
ENGLAND SQUAD: Olly Barkley, Steve Borthwick, Ben Cohen, Martin Corry, Mark Cueto, Matt Dawson, Louis Deacon, Harry Ellis, Perry Freshwater, James Forrester, Andy Goode, Danny Grewcock, Andy Hazell, Charlie Hodgson, Chris Jones, Josh Lewsey, Lee Mears, Lewis Moody, Jamie Noon, Peter Richards, Pat Sanderson, Simon Shaw, Andy Sheridan, Ollie Smith, Matt Stevens, Steve Thompson, Mike Tindall, Mark van Gisbergen, Phil Vickery, Tom Voyce.
STAND BY SQUAD: Stuart Abbott, Duncan Bell, George Chuter, Andy Gomarsall, Tom Palmer, Tom Rees, James Simpson-Daniel, Matthew Tait.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).