IF YOU have ever wanted to become a part of Gloucester's history - quite literally - then the Guinness Premiership table toppers are ready to launch a scheme that will guarantee the most passionate supporter a unique place alongside the South Stand development.
The 'Walk of Legends' will help Gloucester celebrate their glorious past while also providing an opportunity for supporters to be a part of the future.
Supporters will be asked to nominate the 10 greatest Gloucester legends who will sit pride of place at the front of the new stand. They can then have their name and message printed on a brick to sit on the walkway to the ground as a permanent reminder of their loyalty to the club.
A trio of top Gloucester players - including skipper Marco Bortolami and James Simpson-Daniel - have already signed up for the scheme and their bricks will sit in the new development.
Gloucester, in conjunction with the Citizen Newspaper, will run a 10-week feature profiling 10 legends down the ages at Kingsholm and will then ask readers and supporters to nominate the heroes they would like included.
An independent panel of judges will make the final selection to launch the scheme.
"I think it is a truly wonderful idea and will not only commemorate the development of the South Stand but to also honour great players in Gloucester's history," said managing director Ken Nottage.
"Schemes like these have worked brilliantly at Twickenham and football stadiums around the country and I am positive this is something our supporters will cherish as an opportunity to become living memorials around the new stand.
"We want to offer something that is unique to our club and our supporters and think this idea is perfect."
Bricks will be provided on a first come, first served basis into the South Stand walkway. Supporters will be able to choose from either single (two lines) or double (four lines) stones, engraved with your name and personal message in black or gold lettering.
Inscriptions could include name, support for Gloucester Rugby, celebration of an anniversary, birthday or a birth. When an order is placed it is essential the inscription is checked and is why the club will issue a verification certificate.
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.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.