Gloucester Rugby's Operations Manager Sean Roberts provided the club website with the latest information with regard to the state of the Kingsholm pitch ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup against Biarritz Olympique (kick off 3pm).
The stadium has been a hive of activity over the past three days as it's been all hands to the pumps according to Sean:
"It's been a fantastic effort. Dave Balmer and his ground staff, the Community department, a number of volunteers and even people from the office have all been pitching in."
"We got all the snow off the covers throughout Monday onto the sides of the pitch and then shifted it using wheelbarrows into the car park. On Tuesday, the remaining snow around the sides of the pitch was removed in the same way."
"On Tuesday night, the whole county saw snow and Kingsholm didn't dodge that particular bullet. We had a good couple of inches on the pitch on Wednesday morning."
"However, temperatures stayed reasonably high and the pitch is in good nick under the covers. All that snow has now been moved as well."
"We've now removed the frost sheets and the team from Sports and Stadia Services are now on site to install the heated covers."
"They should be done in the next couple of hours in good time for the anticipated drop in temperatures this evening."
"With warmer weather and rain on the way towards the end of the week, we're confident that the pitch will be ready for Saturday and our attention will now turn towards the concourse and car parks and making sure that the stadium is fit for purpose."
Gary Jones of Glevum Windows and Conservatories recently visited Kingsholm Stadium and the Cherry and White supporter spoke exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV after marking two decades as a box holder in the Stowford Press Stand at Kingsholm. A great feat!
Speaking to the local media this week during preseason, new hooker Richard Hibbard said he was really enjoying putting in the hard work and being back to full fitness ahead of the 2014-15 season with the Cherry and Whites.
Nick Walshe was unveiled as Gloucester's new Backs and Attack Coach this week and spoke to Simon Ward for the RFU.com podcast about his excitement at joining Gloucester and working with a new group of players.
Speaking after the Third Test defeat to New Zealand, Ben Morgan told RFU.com that the loss was a disappointing way to sign off the summer tour but that the England team know what they have to do to be successful.
At the end of a tour when there have been so many positives for England, fly half Freddie Burns, who will start the third Test against New Zealand, was clear that the whole squad are focussed on signing off with a memorable win when he spoke to RFU.com
Speaking to Steve Jones of RFU.com straight after the 27-28 defeat to New Zealand on Saturday, Billy Twelvetrees spoke of the frustration of a missed opportunity, but stressed that England would lick their wounds and bounce back.
Freddie Burns contributed 12 points in England's 20-15 defeat against New Zealand on Saturday but, speaking after the game to RFU.com, preferred to talk about the many positives in the performance from Stuart Lancaster's side.
Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan put in a great individual performance as England were just pipped by New Zealand by 20 points to 15 in Auckland on Saturday. He told Steve Jones of RFU.com that the team will be in good spirits going into the 2nd Test in Dunedin.
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With almost a month of pre-season training with Gloucester Rugby already under his belt, James Voss is ready to hit the ground running as he links up with his Hartpury coaches and team-mates this week.
Premiership Rugby have today announced the fixtures for the second World Club Sevens tournament at Twickenham over the weekend of August 16-17 and Gloucester Rugby will kick off their Pool B campaign against Vodacom Blue Bulls.