Iain Balshaw will be in Gloucester city centre on Thursday
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GLOUCESTER'S British Lions stars Iain Balshaw and new signing Andy Titterrell will be centre stage in Kings Square on Thursday at 5pm as part of the summer in the City activity programme.
The initiative, set up by the City Council and supported by Gloucester Rugby, is designed encourage plenty of activity in the city centre and provide entertainment and fun for children.
Youngsters will be invited to test their kicking, jumping and agility skills in the Gloucester Rugby skills challenge alongside Balshaw, Titterrell and wingers James Bailey and Mark Foster.
"Community spirit at Gloucester Rugby plays a huge role at the club and there is nowhere more significant than the middle of Gloucester," Gary Little, Gloucester Rugby's community development manager told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"This is a great opportunity to come and meet some of our best players, experience a few tricks of the trade during the summer and get close to the action. It is a great chance for us to get into the city centre and show people what Gloucester Rugby is all about."
Summer in the City provides the opportunity to shop late every Thursday evening until 7pm, whilst some great family entertainment is provided in Kings Square. Free car parking is available from 5pm in the Hare Lane North and Hare Lane South car parks.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.