Gloucester back row stalwart Andrew Hazell has been shortlisted for the EDF Energy Community Player of the Season.
Hazell's nomination was confirmed today as the nominees for the 2008-9 Guinness Premiership Awards were announced.
The Guinness Premiership Awards take place at the Hilton Park Lane on Tuesday 5th May 2009 and the winners for the various awards will be announced on the evening.
Recognising the fantastic depth and breadth of community work that goes on at the Guinness Premiership clubs, five clubs nominated players for the EDF Energy Community Player of the Season.
Danny Grewcock, Bath Rugby
Andy Hazell, Gloucester Rugby
Joe Shaw, Newcastle Falcons
The Northampton Saints team
Andy Kyriacou, Saracens
The nominees for Hilton Director of Rugby of the Season are the coaches who guided their clubs to top three finishes, with Richard Cockerill of Leicester Tigers, Dean Richards of Harlequins and Toby Booth of London Irish all being nominated.
Five tries from the 544 scored this season have been selected to vie for the title of Bank of America Try of the Season.
They are as follows:
David Lemi, Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby, Round 1
Peter Hewat, London Irish v Newcastle Falcons, Round 11
Joe Maddock, Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby, Round 11
Tane Tu'ipulotu, Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers, Round 19
Joe Simpson, Bristol Rugby v London Wasps, Round 21
Also presented on the night will be:
Gatorade Performance of the Season
The Times Top Try Scorer
Gilbert Golden Boot
Sky Sports Dream Team
Guinness Premiership Player of the Season nominees
Delon Armitage, London Irish
Tom Croft, Leicester Tigers
Joe Maddock, Bath Rugby
Seilala Mapusua, London Irish
Chris Robshaw, Harlequins
Land Rover Discovery of the Season nominees
Noah Cato, Saracens
Adam Thompstone, London Irish
Jordan Turner-Hall, Harlequins
Micky Young, Newcastle Falcons
Ben Youngs, Leicester Tigers
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.