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."
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action on Friday evening after two rounds of European fixtures. A testing trip to Northampton lies in wait, a tough challenge, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants to see his side continue their development of recent weeks.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.