Gloucester Rugby can today confirm that they will no longer be playing Plymouth Albion in a preseason friendly on Saturday August 16th, but will now compete in the World Club 7s on the same weekend.
The intention had been to play a double header against the Greene King IPA Championship duo of Plymouth Albion and Leeds Carnegie.
However, Gloucester are now set to participate in the World Club 7s, which takes place at Twickenham on 16 & 17 August, due to winning the JP Morgan 7s last summer.
Certain players will also be unavailable for selection as it is an EPS rest week, which means that the club feels it would not be able to field teams and compete on three fronts in a meaningful manner.
CEO Stephen Vaughan confirmed the change today.
"We want all our fixtures to be as competitive as possible. With a number of our resources now set to be on duty at Twickenham that day in the World Club Sevens, and a number of our international players also unavailable, we felt that we couldn't play two full matches in one day as well as the Sevens tournament.
"We're very disappointed as Plymouth were a welcome preseason guest to Kingsholm last season. I'd like to thank them for their understanding, they're naturally disappointed but have been terrific about the matter.
"We appreciate our supporters were looking forward to seeing as many of the squad as possible in action on the one day but, with the Leeds and Munster friendly fixtures, plus the Premiership Rugby 7s all taking place at Kingsholm, there is a feast of rugby set to come this summer."
Gloucester's preseason fixture schedule will now be as follows:
Saturday August 16th, Leeds Carnegie, Kingsholm, 3pm
Saturday August 23rd, Munster Rugby, Kingsholm, 3pm
Saturday August 30th, Scarlets, Parc y Scarlets, 3pm
Tickets are still available for the Premiership Rugby 7s and are priced at just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for juniors. Club Members are reminded that this event is included in their membership.
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.