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 the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.