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 GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.