GLOUCESTER Rugby have wound back the clock to launch their latest range of official merchandise by releasing a retro hooped shirt.
The Guinness Premiership leaders are delighted to officially launch the new shirt that not only reflects Gloucester's old playing kit and the founding date of the club - 1873 - underneath the new crest but also has a modern feel.
The 100% heavy weight cotton garment is available for pre order now for delivery week commencing 31st March. This is exclusively available online at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk or from the club shop at Kingsholm.
Speaking of the decision to launch the shirt, Gloucester's head of sales and marketing Pete Grzonka said: "This is a project we have wanted to launch for some time and we are thrilled it is now up and running.
"I think there is sometimes a perception we do not do enough to safeguard hugely important areas of the club's history and although we have to move forward within the modern game and everything that involves, we believe this hooped shirt is a fitting tribute to heroes and eras of the past that play a huge part in our history.
"It is a great mix between the traditional and the modern - we are working hard to retain elements of the past that are important and this shirt does that.
"There has been a consistent demand for this type of shirt and now we have provided one we hope it will be a tremendous success. There have been many developments over the past 12 months and this is another one we are very excited about.
The garment is 100% heavy weight cotton with double stitched seams and rubber buttons. It is the official licensed product of Gloucester Rugby. The retro hooped leisure shirt is available in men's, ladies, children's and infants and is available for pre order now.
Gloucester's kit is produced by Rugbytech and Steve Lee, UK sales manager, added: "We look to raise the bar on quality, originality and style and this design contains key elements of the past but also the future.
"This classic hooped shirt has been designed with the history and heritage of Gloucester Rugby in mind but with a modern twist and we believe it will be a great success."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.