GLOUCESTER Rugby are planning to start the Christmas festivities early on Friday - by hosting a Kingsholm carol concert with all the trimmings before their Guinness Premiership match against Newcastle (7.30pm).
Gloucester are hoping their crucial Premiership encounter with the Falcons will go with a swing when the Lydbrook band provide the music to a number of Christmas favourites.Santa will be paying a visit three days early and will wander the ground with his elves, providing Christmas treats for Gloucester's younger supporters.
There will also be mince pies, turkey and cranberry rolls and other traditional winter warmers available and lyrics to the carols will be printed in that day's matchday programme.
A disco in the Shed bar will round off the evening after Gloucester's last home game of 2006 - that could see them return to the top of the Premiership.
Ken Nottage, Managing Director of Gloucester Rugby said: "We are really excited about the Gloucester vs Newcastle match and celebrating Christmas with our supporters. I hope that the fans will take the opportunity to test out their singing voices and sample the festive cheer."
The gates open at 5pm and there are still terracing and Shed tickets available for the game, for tickets call the ticket hotline on 0871 871 8781, visit www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk or purchase them at the ticket office at Kingsholm.
GLOUCESTER'S Heineken Cup game against Leinster has now been confirmed for Friday, January 19 at 7.30pm. The club will release information on tickets when they have it.
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.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.