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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).