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.
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.
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.
Gloucester Rugby today confirmed that supporters who have renewed their Club Membership for next season by March 27th 2015 will receive a free ticket for this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final at Kingsholm in April.
It was a bit of an arm wrestle at times, but two tries in each half did the trick for Gloucester as they defeated CA Brive by 31 points to 20 at the Stade Amedee-Domench on Thursday evening to secure top seeding for the quarter-finals.
As the Cherry and Whites aim to make it six from six in the European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive (19:45 ko) this evening, Dan Robson is fully focused on continuing the fine momentum of recent weeks.