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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.