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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).