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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.