THE FINISHING touches to Sunday's Rugby Relief at Tewkesbury RFC will be completed by Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors today - ahead of one of the biggest community events of the year.
Hospitality tents, bouncy castles and a range of coaching equipment will be installed today as both clubs prepare for a host of activities on Sunday.
The Guinness Premiership clubs will come together at Tewkesbury on Sunday, September 2 for a fabulous fun day, designed to not only raise funds for the victims of July's floods but to say a special thank you to everyone involved in the rescue effort.
Although the highlight of the day will be a touch rugby tournament that is open to both corporate companies and the general public - with players from both clubs on hand to pass on invaluable tips to teams taking part - Paul Rudland from Gloucester's community team was keen to emphasise there is more to the day.
"It is more than just a touch rugby tournament - it is going to be a fantastic social event and I would urge anyone in the area to come along on Sunday, have a beer and mix with the playing squads from both teams," he said.
"On Monday, we held our own Open Day at Kingsholm and it was one of the most popular ever. We are hoping Sunday's event at Tewkesbury is equally as successful because it really is designed for the community.
"Rugby Relief has grown hugely since it started and now all we need is the public to really get behind it - if that happens it will be one of the biggest community events of the year."
Rugby Relief starts at 11am and Gloucester's playing squad will be available to sign autographs and help with coaching tips from 1.30pm.
After the touch rugby event, an auction, a band and a hog roast will ensure the event carries on into the evening. The auction will help raise significant funds for the flood relief fund as items such as signed sporting memorabilia, a week's break in Ireland for 10 and hospitality boxes at both Kingsholm and Sixways are up for grabs, so come along and help raise as much money as possible.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.