The Rugby Football Union today expressed its disappointment at the decision not to include Rugby Sevens in the London 2012 Olympics.
The International Olympic Membership in Singapore voted to exclude two sports, baseball and softball, but also decided that no new sports would be added to the London Games. Rugby Sevens was on a short-list of five sports for possible inclusion.
RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron said: "The RFU is disappointed that Rugby Sevens has not been included in the 2012 Olympic Games. We believe it would have contributed greatly to the London and subsequent Games and we fully supported the International Rugby Board in their bid.
"However, we respect the decision of the IOC and we will continue to assist the IRB with their efforts to expand Rugby Sevens and the wider sport across the globe."
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.