The Gloucester Rugby first team squad continued their build-up to the new Guinness Premiership season with the annual team photo day at Kingsholm on Friday.
The event saw new signings Mike Tindall, Ludovic Mercier, Patrice Collazo, Haydn Thomas, Rob Thirlby, Anthony Allen and Peter Richards all appeared in the new home strip for the first time at Kingsholm this season.
Caption: Tindall, Mericer and Richards in the new Gloucester home kit.
Caption: Richards chatting to ITV Central after the photo shoot.
Caption: Some of the Club's main sponsors sit with the team for a photo.
The photography session followed the final run through before Saturday's pre-season opener against Calvisano at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
Caption: A zoom-in shot of Ludo, Mefin Davies and young centre Anthony Allen in the team photo.
Caption: Will Matthews, Peter Buxton, Adam Eustace, Rob Thirlby, Mike Tindall, Terry Fanolua, Phil Vickery and James Simpson-Daniel all ready in the main team photo.
Season ticket holders have free entry to the Anglo-Italian clash, and tickets for non-season ticket holders can be purchased on-line at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk (and collected on the day) or they'll be available before kick off from the ticket office at the ground.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.