Andy Hazell

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Andy Hazell
Birth nameAndrew Robert Hazell
Date of birth (1978-04-25) 25 April 1978 (age 40)
Place of birthGloucester, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) [1]
SchoolSevern Vale School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Gloucester Rugby
Youth Career
  Old Richians
Gloucester Old Boys
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997-2014 Gloucester Rugby 266 (125)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002-2007
2004-2007
England Saxons
England

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70(5)

Andy Hazell (born 25 April 1978 in Gloucester) is a former English rugby union player who played at flanker and spent his entire career at Gloucester Rugby.

Club career[edit]

He took up the game aged 12 when he joined Old Richians, where he stayed for four years before joining another of his local teams, Gloucester Old Boys. His first representative game was for the South West U16s before joining the Premiership and making his debut at 19. He went on to establish himself as the main openside flanker.

He is a Gloucester Rugby player through and through and has flourished there. He was in the Powergen Cup winning side of 2003[2] and the Gloucester Rugby side that finished top of the 2003 Zurich Premiership. He was a try scorer in the 2006 European Challenge Cup Final Victory over London Irish at The Stoop.[3] On 2 April 2013, it was announced that he had signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Gloucester until the end of the 2013-2014 season.[4] On 4 February 2014, Andy Hazell officially announces retirement from all forms of rugby due to persistent concussion injuries. Hazell was the longest-serving player to any professional rugby union club since the professional era began in 1995, spending 17 years with Gloucester Rugby and making a total of 266 appearances for the Cherry and Whites.[5][6]

International career[edit]

He pulled on an England shirt for the first time playing for England U21s and was a member of the SANZAR squad that played in the Argentina competition back in 1999. In 2001 he played for the England XV that took on the Barbarians and also went on the England tour to North America, playing in both midweek games and scoring a try against British Columbia.[7] His England A debut came in 2002 when he played Scotland A at Headingley and impressed throughout the 2003 England A Six Nations tournament.

Hazell was chosen for England's highly successful senior tour of New Zealand and Australia in June 2003 and played in the 23–9 victory over New Zealand Māori in New Plymouth,[8] before flying to Vancouver to become a member of England’s Churchill Cup winning side in 2003 and returned again the following year. He was part of the wider 43 man England squad for the 2003 World Cup.[9]

Hazell won his first cap starting as openside flanker in England’s victory over Canada at Twickenham in November 2004[10] and another as a replacement in the match against South Africa a week later.[11] The Investec series represented his first serious breakthrough into the senior England team.

Hazell played in four games of the 2005 Six Nations, scoring a try against Italy.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Clockwatch: Powergen Cup final". BBC. 2003-04-05. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  3. ^ "Gloucester 36–34 London Irish". BBC. 2006-05-21. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  4. ^ "Gloucester: Nick Wood among nine to agree new contract". BBC. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Gloucester's former England stalwart flanker Andy Hazell announces retirement". Telegraph. 4 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Gloucester Rugby pays heartfelt tribute to Andy Hazell". Gloucester Citizen. 23 February 2014. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  7. ^ "England grind out win". BBC. 2001-06-06. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  8. ^ "England turn over Maori". BBC. 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  9. ^ "Woodward names squad". Daily Telegraph. 2003-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  10. ^ "England 70–0 Canada". BBC. 2004-11-13. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  11. ^ "England 32–16 South Africa". BBC. 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  12. ^ "England 39–7 Italy". BBC. 2005-03-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31.

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