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 after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.
Mariano Galarza and Ross Moriarty are both back from injury as Gloucester entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday, kick off 3pm). Willi Heinz will skipper the side from scrum-half.