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.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.