THE Kingsholm Supporters Mutual (KSM) has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Gloucester supporters who have raised more £2000 to buy four sets of kit for Bucuresti Steaua's junior teams.
On the same week Gloucester face the Romanian side in the European Challenge Cup; the KSM has announced a staggering response to their appeal over the Christmas period.
Their initial target was to raise enough money to buy a set of kit for one of Bucuresti's junior teams but they have been flooded by donations and support and can now fund the purchase of all four of Bucuresti's junior teams.
Bob Rumble, chairman of the KSM and responsible for the collect, said: "We initially put out this cash appeal for £400 so that we could buy a set of shirts for one of Bucuresti Steaua's junior teams.
"The response from Gloucester supporters has been magnificent, to such an extent that we are now able to kit out all four of the teams with shirts, shorts, and socks.
"Considering this appeal was made over the Christmas period, we had more than £800 pledged in the first few hours. This stunning response surely shows what a special, community sport rugby still is.
"The children of Bucharest have very little and Gloucester supporters' generosity is going to make a big difference."
The first set of kit will be presented by a KSM official an hour before the kick-off of Saturday's game.
The KSM has already masterminded a kit collection in aid of SOS Romania Rugby at Kingsholm but their latest fund-raising effort is a staggering achievement.
Ken Nottage, Gloucester's managing director, who has pledged a donation from the club, said: "This is a remarkable thing to have achieved in such a short space of time and just goes to show what can be done when supporters pull together.
"The generosity that has been shown, coupled with the work of the KSM, has been rewarded by the amount of money that has been raised. It's fantastic."
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.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
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.