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.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.