Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm the extension of its long-standing partnership with its main Club sponsor Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G). The official website also rounds up the latest on the new shirt.
C&G, one of the UK's largest residential mortgage lenders, has its head office in Gloucester and has been sponsoring the Kingsholm club for more than four seasons.
The six-figure two-year contract coincides with a new shirt design for the Premiership side, with the first appearance of the new-look jersey coming this weekend when Gloucester compete in the Issoire tournament in France.
C&G has been the main shirt sponsor for Gloucester Rugby for the last two seasons, after two years as associate sponsor, and the new contract will see them extend their partnership until the summer of 2007.
The official website will have the latest pictures from the launch later on Tuesday (26 July).
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage said: "We've had a brilliant working relationship with C&G over recent seasons, and the contract extension is great news for everyone.
"Both organisations have very strong links to the community, and having a main sponsor who wants to be part of the Club and its development is very important to us.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank C&G for their continued support and we're all looking forward to the next two years and their continued involvement."
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk, Nick Hale, C&G's sales director (pictured above with Marcel Garvey and Mike Tindall), said: "We're delighted to extend our successful relationship with Gloucester Rugby. The Club is absolutely massive in our home county and many of our staff and customers are fans, so it really makes sense for us to be involved.
"Our sponsorship allows us to support the club itself and also the efforts it is making to get more young people around the county involved in sport, which is something C&G has been promoting for a number of years. Our continued partnership with such a successful club is good news for everybody."
The new home and away replica shirts are set to be available for the first time between 13 and 21 August, around the time of the Club's first pre-season fixture on against Calvisano (13 Aug) and the family open day at Kingsholm (21 Aug).
Supporters can pre-order on-line at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk within the next few days for delivery during this time period (13-21 Aug).
The replica shirts will be priced at £40 (adult), £35 (youth) and £30 (children). The shirt will be also be available at the Club's official merchandise provider Hudson and Co Sports at 52-54 Northgate Street, Gloucester (Tel 01452 522978).
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
Last Friday night saw Gloucester Rugby Head of Community Adam Balding present a cheque for £7082.82 to the Royal British Legion as a result of a series of fundraising during the Remembrance Period in November.
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.