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.
Ahead of Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at London Welsh, Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that he feels that Gloucester are making improvements each and every week but that there's still plenty of work to do.
Speaking to GRTV on Monday night, Pete Buxton was thrilled with the spirit shown by the Gloucester United squad as they overturned a twenty-one point deficit in the second half to overcome Bristol Rugby.
Scrum half Callum Braley was a try scorer in Gloucester United's 30-27 win over Bristol United in the Aviva Premiership A League on Monday evening and, after the game, paid tribute to his team mates for hanging in there and fighting back to get the win.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees admitted that the Gloucester squad were disappointed and frustrated after losing at home to Exeter, regretting that Gloucester's own errors had given the Chiefs the upper hand.
Speaking to the club website shortly after Friday night's 46-10 victory over London Welsh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys expressed his satisfaction at the result, but challenged his squad to improve their performance.