Dean Ryan on the pitch at Kingsholm - Bruce Seabrook/GPA Images
GLOUCESTER'S Guinness Premiership match against Newcastle was postponed 25 minutes before the scheduled kick-off.
The referee Mr Rob Debney took the decision to postpone the match on safety grounds after consultation with both head coaches, Gloucester's Dean Ryan and Newcastle's John Fletcher.
Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk he felt the match was playable: "I am disappointed we are not playing because in my opinion it was playable - but it was solely the referee's decision."
A date for the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course. For season ticket holders, another ticket within the booklet will be allocated so no further action is required.
Supporters who purchased tickets on the internet or over the phone will automatically be posted new tickets. Should they not be able to make the re-arranged fixture, they will be required to contact the ticket office and exchange the tickets for an alternative match.
Anybody supporter who purchased tickets at the ticket office will need to return the stubs to Kingsholm once the date has been confirmed.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
20 year old Lewis Ludlow was one of Gloucester's young guns who contributed hugely to the 18-9 LV= Cup win at London Welsh on Sunday afternoon. After the game, he praised his team mates for the massive team effort by an inexperienced side.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.