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.
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).