Gloucester's A League game against Saracens, which was scheduled to take place on Monday evening, has unfortunately fallen victim to the weather and had to be postponed.
Despite the best efforts of the Kingsholm ground staff, the freezing conditions over the past couple of days have left the pitch dangerously hard in places and therefore unfit to play.
The pitch was covered as quickly as possible following Saturday's Guinness Premiership match at home to the Worcester Warriors but a lot of the warmth in the pitch was lost as a result of fulfilling that fixture and temperatures have not risen above freezing since.
The club took the step of calling in Guinness Premiership referee Chris White to ratify the decision on Monday morning with an early call judged the best way to proceed given that supporters may have been travelling to attend the game.
Details of the rearranged fixture will be communicated as soon as possible.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.