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 this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected on last week's win in La Rochelle as well as an A League semi-final triumph, but insisted that focus has quickly switched to Sunday's crucial Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Local junior rugby teams had the honour of trotting out onto the Kingsholm pitch on Saturday morning, with over 400 young players representing their local clubs in the finals of the Wooden Spoon Charity Floodlit Tournament.