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
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.