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).
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.