GLOUCESTER Rugby are now able to confirm - following extensive discussions with the ERC - that tickets for the European Challenge Cup final against London Irish will go on sale to season ticket holders on Sunday, May 7 from the ticket office at Kingsholm at 10am.
The club have been told their allocation, likely to be around 5,500 tickets for the Twickenham Stoop showdown, will not arrive at Harlequins' ground until May 4 and therefore not be available to sell individually from Kingsholm until Sunday 7th May.
Subsequently, our opponents London Irish, who have the same allocation but fewer season ticket holders, have chosen to sell their tickets in advance from The Stoop and via the Harlequins website.
However, Gloucester Rugby is aware that the majority of its supporters prefer to buy direct from Kingsholm and that buying online is simply not an option for every supporter. With over 6,000 season ticket holders, Gloucester Rugby has to allow its season ticket holders the very best opportunity to guarantee a ticket.
Initially, season ticket holders will be allowed to purchase one ticket in return for voucher H in the season ticket booklet. On Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 season ticket holders can buy one ticket from the ticket office.
If there are any tickets remaining, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy a ticket for themselves and a friend on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th before any remaining tickets go on general sale on Thursday 11th.
Supporters who are coming to the final Guinness Premiership match of the season against London Wasps on Saturday, May 6 and are unable to make it back to Kingsholm on Sunday are entitled to leave voucher H with friends and/or other season ticket holders so they can be exchanged.
The club will not restrict the number of 'H' vouchers that supporters may wish to present to the ticket office.
Gloucester are expecting three tiers of prices to be made available and they are: £30 top price, £20 middle price and £15 lowest price with £10 concessions for the middle and lower ranges. Both Gloucester Rugby and London Irish are still awaiting confirmation from ERC of how many tickets in each category they will receive.
The ticket office will be open on Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 5pm and from 9am to 6.30pm from Monday to Thursday.
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.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.