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.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Matt Scott was again in impressive try scoring form for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday, and the Scotsman laid praise on his fellow backs for their attacking skills in a big 55-19 win over Worcester Warriors
Jonny May spilled blood for the cause on Saturday, before going on to score the first try in the 55-19 Aviva Premiership victory over Worcester. He told GRTV that the win was a reward for the hard work the squad have been putting in.
Gloucester Rugby face their second tough Aviva Premiership fixture in six days when they take on Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a massive challenge from one of Gloucester's local rivals.
It was a frustrated and bitterly disappointed Willi Heinz who spoke to GRTV following the 12-13 reverse to Northampton Saints on New Year's Day. The skipper thanked the fans for their incredible support on a day when Gloucester couldn't quite get the job done.
A postponement, a rescheduling and a 3-hour wait on the tarmac threatened to disrupt Gloucester's trip to Treviso, but a short relocation and delay did nothing to prevent a six-try thumping over Treviso on Saturday afternoon.
It was a case of triumph over adversity for Gloucester in Italy this weekend, their pre-match preparations ruined by a relocation of the game. However, it was a job well done for the Cherry and Whites who defeated Benetton Treviso 41-0 in freezing conditions in Italy to top pool one.