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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).