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 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.
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.