PITCH improvements at Kingsholm have already begun ahead of the 2008-09 season.
The last game on the old surface was the Barbarians' fixture against Ireland last Tuesday and since then Gloucester's ground staff have been hard at work preparing the stadium before next season.
"The top layer of grass has been removed and additional drainage has been installed to prepare the pitch for the summer re-seeding schedule this summer" said Sean Roberts, Gloucester Rugby's operation manager.
"We will remove around 12mm of turf, fertilize and re-seed over the coming three days and we will see growth across the field over the next 14 days. This will strengthen the pitch by removing the weaker annual meadow grass.
"Additional drainage has also been installed closer to the C&G Grandstand to assist in removing excessive holding water since the pitch moved last season. This again will help keep the surface in better condition over the course of the forthcoming season."
Last season, Gloucester held additional fixtures for the Barbarians, the European Challenge Cup final between Bath and Worcester and two England Under-20 internationals.
"The re-development of the Grandstand has been a major success and meant we have attracted additional games to the fixture list," said stadium manager Dave Balmer.
"That means the surface comes under greater scrutiny and potentially more damage. Although the season has only recently finished the deadlines are pretty tight to ensure we are ready for the start of next season.
"Work has gone well so far and although we are really happy with the surface at Kingsholm, we are always looking for improvements."
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Gloucester Rugby and the Ospreys shared seven tries and 57 points in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites came out on top and the club photographer captured the best of the action.