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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Speaking to the local media after the 35-22 loss at Wasps, lock Tom Savage spoke of his disappointment at the result, with Gloucester left to rue a number of missed opportunities against a clinical home side.
Speaking after his return from England duty, Gloucester winger Jonny May reflected on England winning the Six Nations Championship, if not the Grand Slam, and what he needs to focus on to get back into the starting line-up.
Ross Moriarty started for Wales at the Stade de France on Saturday while Matt Scott was a replacement for Scotland. It was Scott who finished the day the happier, a try-scorer in a 29-0 victory over Italy.