Premier Rugby yesterday announced the Guinness Premiership fixtures for the 2006/07 season. Visit http://www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk/4_27.php for all of Gloucester's Premiership fixtures.
On Saturday, September 2, Gloucester start the season with a west country derby against Bath. The season also begins with the traditional curtain raiser of the London Double Header at Twickenham. This year London Irish will play newly promoted NEC Harlequins and Saracens will take on London Wasps.
On Sunday, September 3rd, Northampton Saints play Newcastle Falcons at Franklins Gardens, a match that could see Carlos Spencer and Jonny Wilkinson going head to head, while across at Welford Road, Leicester Tigers will take on last season's Guinness Premiership Champions Sale Sharks.
The line up of round one matches, including the London Double Header at Twickenham, means a first round crowd of 100,000 could be achieved for the first time ever.
Premier Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty said, "Announcing the fixtures really gets the sense of anticipation building amongst our fans. All our clubs really want to build on the second season with Guinness and continue with the exciting rugby that characterised the end of last season. An opening round crowd of over 100,000 would be a great start to a season in which we hope to break attendance records yet again."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
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.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.