THE Kingsholm Supporters Mutual (KSM) and Gloucester Rugby are planning to make it a very special new year for rugby playing kids in Romania by donating sack loads of kit as part of the SOS Romania Rugby Kit Aid.
When Gloucester play Leeds Tykes in the Guinness Premiership next Saturday - December 31 - the KSM will be holding a kit collection campaign at Kingsholm for the charity.
SOS Romania Rugby was started five years ago and Gloucester supporters became one of the first agents for the charity that is also endorsed by former England skipper Martin Johnson.
They have already held a boot collection and the club have donated 100s of t-shirts from last season's community fund to get it up and running.
Supporters are now asked to bring any item of old rugby kit with them on New Year's Eve to donate to the charity.
Bob Rumble, chairman of the KSM, who has been behind the charity from the start, said: "This is a charity that not only concerns rugby but community spirit too. We live in an area where the success and importance of the city rugby club has a direct impact on the community and it would be a fantastic way to end the year by donating kit to such a worthwhile cause.
"These kids play the game in some of the harshest conditions imaginable in Europe and any help is greatly appreciated. It is about spreading rugby's goodwill and that is something Gloucester and its supporters should be good at."
Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage also endorsed the collection and said: "This is a hugely worthwhile cause and Gloucester Rugby are right behind it.
"We know our supporter base really react in a positive way to these things and I am sure it will be a massive success."
The collection will start at 12.30pm near to the ticket office at the front of the ground. Supporters are asked to bring any old rugby kit in bags to make collection easier. The kit can be of any size or colour because it will all be used.
There is also a boot barrel situated at the corner of the Buildbase Stand on the ticket office turn style side of the ground. The boots MUST be clean of mud.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.
Wednesday evening saw the launch of the Cherry and White Wednesday show on the Drivetime programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, with Henry Trinder live in the studio to kick off a regular weekly slot.