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.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.