Gloucester vs Munster - Tickets still available for Big Screen
1 April 2008 14:45pm
By Gloucester Rugby
GLOUCESTER Rugby will go the extra yard to help satisfy demand for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster - by launching a big screen event at GL1 Leisure Centre.
The current Guinness Premiership leaders will take a slice of the legendary Kingsholm atmosphere on the road for the first time ever by allowing up to 2,000 supporters the opportunity to watch the game together.
The last remaining tickets at Kingsholm sold out in little under an hour last Monday and with increased demand for what is one of the biggest games in the club's history, the additional venue is the next best thing to reproduce the matchday experience.
"The Heineken Cup quarter-final represents a massive occasion for both the club and the City as a whole - there has probably never been an occasion like it in terms popularity for us," said Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage.
"We are aware that due to the massive demand for this game we were unable to accommodate everyone at Kingsholm but we want to do something special for a game of this magnitude and hope it is something the city and supporters will really support.
"The club is doing everything they can to ensure supporters who want to be around the city to soak up the atmosphere on that day can ? I think this is a great initiative."
Ken Meakins, Marketing Manager of GL1 said: "If we can assist in some way by becoming a mini Kingsholm I think it will be fantastic for the city and Gloucester Rugby.
"I am positive GL1 can go some way to replicating Kingsholm?s unique atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming in both Gloucester and Munster fans for a great day's rugby - which is something the city is famous."
There are 2000 tickets available at £10 each, with a complimentary pint on arrival. Doors open at 1pm and will show the first quarter-final between London Irish and Perpignan before Gloucester's showdown at 5.30pm.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday March 17th at the ticket office, on the phone 0871 8718781 or are available on line at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.