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.
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.
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.