The recent snow and cold weather have created problems in most walks of life but training continues at Gloucester Rugby according to Head of Strength & Conditioning Barny Allen.
The club's regular training pitches at Hartpury College have, like so many venues throughout the county, been subjected to freezing conditions and heavy snowfall over the past week or so.
Even the rubber crumb pitches which can be used in wet conditions are currently covered in snow and dangerously slippery.
Yet Allen explained that there are contingency plans in place.
"It's not been easy over the past few days for obvious reasons but we've still been able to get some quality work in."
"When the weather is like this, we use the indoor facilities at Oxstalls Tennis Centre. It's obviously not the same as training outside on a grass pitch but we can still train."
In terms of fitness work, the players fall into several different categories at this stage of the season continued Allen:
"Most of our fitness work is obviously done in preseason so, throughout the season, it's often a question of topping up the fitness levels."
"The exceptions are the players who have missed out on a significant amount of playing time due to injury. As they approach fitness, we can prepare a mini preseason programme for them and get them in the best possible shape for a comeback."
"Those who have been playing pretty regularly are in decent shape in terms of match fitness. We just need to keep them ticking over really."
"I'm stating the obvious but you only get match fit by playing games so losing A League games to postponements can be a frustration as those who haven't been playing regularly are fit but not match fit."
"We have to be flexible. It's not a case of one size fits all. Every player's needs are different and we have to tailor their work accordingly."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).