AFTER confirming back-to-back pre-season games against Llanelli last week, Gloucester will also play Saracens at Kingsholm on Friday, August 11 at 7.30pm.
Gloucester are also planning another match at Kingsholm on Friday, August 18 but as yet, the opposition have not been confirmed.
The pre-season games are included in the season ticket package and the Llanelli fixtures, away on Saturday, August 19 and at home on Saturday, August 26 will be the key pre-season clashes as Gloucester warm up for the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup.
Gloucester will also take a strong side to the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham on Saturday, August 12 to defend their title.
Pre-season fixtures: Friday, August 11 v Saracens, Kingsholm (7.30pm), Saturday, August 12, Middlesex Sevens, Friday, August 18 TBC, Saturday, August 19 v Llanelli (a), Saturday, August 26 v Llanellie (h).
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.