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.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).