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.
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Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.