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."
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.