Leon Lloyd, Lesley Vainikolo and Olly Morgan in Gloucester's new kit.
GLOUCESTER Rugby have unveiled their new Rugbytech home and away kits for the 2007/2008 season - that will be initially exclusively available online at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk from Friday, August 17.
The new four-year deal with Rugbytech follows hot on the heels of Gloucester's recently announced three-year partnership with building giant Jewson as the club's main sponsor, and was officially launched at Jewson's Tewkesbury branch this morning.
Members of the Gloucester squad have already given universal approval to the new design and improved technical features. Senior players at Kingsholm teamed up with Rugbytech during the development stages and have been integral in the design and the technical specifications of both playing and training kit that prevents weight gain during a match, while the seams have been taped for player comfort.
For supporters, the men's home and away shirts will be available in two different styles - Pro and Replica. The Pro shirt is the tight-fit copy of the playing shirt and comes in a poly/cotton technical fabric that wicks moisture away from the body. The supporters' shirt comes in Cooldry, colourfast fabric, is a more traditional loose fit and is priced at £50.
The new design represents a distinctive icon for the club and has been designed to look powerful and dynamic. The final design was developed around the physique of the players, the shoulders are accentuated to emphasise strength, the white flashes down the side narrows the waist whilst the central panel is widened across the chest area.
For the first time the club's female fans will also have the option of wearing home or away fitted shirts. Both are made from cotton/spandex mix fabric with two-way stretch for a comfort fit. The style is cut and fashioned specially for ladies in sizes 8 to 18.
Gloucester's head of sales and marketing, Pete Grzonka, said of the new design: "The launch of the new kit has been widely anticipated by our supporters and we are extremely positive it will be a success.
"At Gloucester, perhaps more so than anywhere else, the launch of a new shirt design is massively important and we would like to think this will be a success. A considerable amount of time has gone into the design and production and we think it will be a great way to launch the new season and a new stand.
"Rugbytech have also developed a high quality range of both leisure and training garments available for fans to buy which will represent a real step change in quality and will help us develop the Gloucester Rugby brand."
The new Rugbytech kit will be available from Gloucester's online store from Friday, August 17 with details of sizing and the new design will then hit retail shops on Tuesday, August 28.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.