Building a bright future: Gloucester launched Jewson as new main sponsors last week
JEWSON, the UK's leading supplier of building materials has signed a three-year agreement to become Gloucester Rugby's main sponsor.
The deal - the biggest in Gloucester's history and one of the most significant in the Guinness Premiership - comes at a landmark time for Dean Ryan's table topping side.
After the success of finishing top of the Guinness Premiership last season, a new South Stand development that will take Kingsholm's capacity to more than 16,000, and with a string of signings, including rugby league legend Lesley Vainikolo and World Cup winner Jeremy Paul, Gloucester are aiming for even greater achievements in the coming season alongside Jewson.
As Gloucester's new shirt-front sponsor, Jewson hopes to accompany the team to victory. Speaking of the prominent deal, Gloucester's Managing Director, Ken Nottage told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk: "As the UK's leading building materials supplier, Jewson is a hugely successful company and we're thrilled that it has chosen to partner with Gloucester Rugby to spearhead its association with elite sport.
"I am fortunate enough to have been involved with Gloucester for eight years and quite simply this is the most exciting time I have experienced with the club.
"Not only is the team developing really well under head coach Dean Ryan, but our off-field development, with the construction of our new stadium, has really captured the imagination of the supporters. The scale and magnitude of this sponsorship agreement with Jewson reflects where we want to be and we're all looking forward to a fruitful partnership together."
Tony Newman, Sales and Marketing Director at Jewson added: "Gloucester is a huge brand in rugby union and we are delighted to be associated with the club. Gloucester's determination and success mirrors many of the qualities that Jewson requires to be a market leader, making this a natural partnership.
"We are looking forward to assisting Gloucester and sharing in the team's success in what promises to be a fantastic season for the club."
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.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
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.