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).
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).