Gloucester's Andy Hazell will miss Gloucester's Zurich Wild Card final on Saturday and England's summer international schedule after medical experts advised a period of rest following a recent head injury.
The 27 year-old open-side flanker saw a neurologist this week, and after further discussions with both the Club's and England's medical teams, it was agreed that Hazell would miss the final club game of the season and England's fixtures against the Barbarians and the Churchill Cup tour.
Hazell is still suffering symptoms of concussion after two knocks to the head against London Irish at the end of March and against Saracens on 30 April.
The medical teams will monitor Hazell's situation throughout the summer and he will return to pre-season training when he is symptom-free.
Commenting ahead of Gloucester's Zurich Wild Card final, Hazell said: "It's frustrating not to be part of Gloucester's final run-in and England's summer fixtures, especially having been injury-free all season.
"But I've seen the specialists and they've advised the rest period over the summer, by which time hopefully I'll be symptom-free, which will allow me to get back and fully fit for next season. It would have been nice to finish off what has been a good year for me personally with the England tour, but it just wasn't meant to be."
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 meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.