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."
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.