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."
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.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.