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Gloucester Rugby: Andy Hazell holds back the tears on an emotional day at Kingsholm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

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ANDY Hazell admits he had to choke back the tears as Gloucester paid tribute to his 17 seasons of service at Kingsholm.

The fearless flanker was forced to retire earlier this month after failing to recover from a succession of concussions.

But he led the Cherry and Whites out ahead of their thrilling victory over Harlequins and the great and good of the city paid tribute to the 35-year-old at half-time.

A video including messages from current and former teammates and Hazell’s daughters, was played at the interval before mayor Chris Chatterton presented him with the Medallion of the City of Gloucester.

Hazell admits he was humbled by the occasion and was close to tears in front of his beloved Shed.

Hazell said: “It was pretty emotional but really nice to see that video with all the boys and the kids.

“I’m a pretty emotional guy so I had to fight back the tears but it was a great touch and nice to reflect on my 17 seasons at the club.

“It was a whirlwind day for me but I’m just glad we got the win.

“Leading the team out I felt like I was going to play, but it was nice to be with my kids and I had to be a lot calmer. It was massive for me to say thank you to the fans for how they’ve supported me and my family throughout my career.

“For 17 years they have been there week in week out I’m speechless from the support I’ve received.

“Then to get such an award from the mayor was incredible.

“I’m not sure what it means but one of the supporters told me I can set up a stall in the middle of the town!

“It’s an unbelievable honour and some how I was voted man of the match as well – it’s too much for me, I try to stay away from the limelight.”

Hazell is unsure of what life after rugby holds but knows Gloucester will always remain close to his heart.

The seven-cap flanker still finds it unbelievable that he has forged such an illustrious career, which included 266 appearances, for his hometown club.

He said: “To play here for 17 years and get paid for the honour is just stupid, I still have to pinch myself.

“It will be hard not to be involved, or come here every week to watch it’s a great club, my club.

“But that’s it now and I can look back on my career and I know I’ve given everything I can give. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.”

Hazell will undoubtedly be missed both on and off the pitch but is confident the club are moving in the right direction and holds great hopes for next season.

He added: “Gloucester is a good club and we just have to fulfil the potential and win something.

“It’s a club where if you are not honest you won’t be here long and hopefully that ethos continues.

“If anyone thinks they are bigger than that they get chopped back down.

“Nigel has made some great signings for next year and hopefully we will see the club lift some silverware.”

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  • TuffleyRaid77  |  February 25 2014, 8:48PM

    Oh which troll shall he be today? Is it THE BANNED glawsteruk1 or glawsteruk2 or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless and he will prove that he does not support Gloucester Rugby or any of its players. #Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • alex_bound64  |  February 25 2014, 8:46PM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby. If the sad lonely old mad and multi-ID troll, glawsteruk1 or glawsteruk2 aka gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, ever gets to a Gloucester Rugby game he could see that for himself but he never goes to any games because the matron at his home never lets him out, so he spends all his lonely hours on the net trolling. He doesn't even support Gloucester anyway.

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  • Don_Deakin21  |  February 25 2014, 8:43PM

    I love the way, week after week, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn plants a great big dollop of egg on the face of the BANNED multi-ID troll glawsteruk1 now calling himself glawsteruk2 but aka Django_G/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone/bikeshed etc. (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • TuffleyRaid77  |  February 25 2014, 8:42PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll glawsteruk1 or glawsteruk2 aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • alex_bound64  |  February 25 2014, 8:40PM

    The BANNED multi-troll glawsteruk1 now calling himself glawsteruk2 aka dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • s_sorca43  |  February 25 2014, 8:38PM

    Can I suggest that no site should have to put up with a BANNED multi-ID troll like glawsteruk1 now calling himself glawsteruk2. #Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • TuffleyRaid77  |  February 25 2014, 8:37PM

    So which identity shall the Gloucester Rugby and Harden hating troll use today? He can't use "glawsteruk1" because that has been BANNED (how embarrassing for him), so up pops "glawsteruk2". What a sad old man he is. #Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • alex_bound64  |  February 25 2014, 8:36PM

    A troll is a troll and THE BANNED glawsteruk1 aka glawsteruk2, who also posts his dull nonsense under the identities of Django-d/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • s_sorca43  |  February 25 2014, 8:35PM

    I think a search party needs to be sent out for glawsteruk1. He hasn't been heard from for sooooooooo long. I wonder if glawsteruk2 knows what happened to him. Ho! Ho! Ho! #Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby by a country mile.

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  • Don_Deakin21  |  February 25 2014, 8:34PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating BANNED multi-troll glawsteruk1 now calling himself glawsteruk2 (I bet it took him hours to think that new identity up). He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men. #Harden, the number one tight head at Kingsholm. #Has any heard from glawsteruk1 lately? Ha! ha! ha!

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