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.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.