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.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.