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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.
This Sunday, hop on your bicycle and join up with the Pied Piper Sportive to test out new challenging routes across the county with Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm Stadium the start and finish of the ride.