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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).