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."
A handful of the Gloucester Rugby Mo-Bros visited Pride Hair Salon in Gloucester on Wednesday afternoon to have the final touches applied to their Movember efforts, and the team captain Jacob Rowan spoke to GRTV ahead of the final few days of the month.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.