GLOUCESTER Rugby will begin ground-breaking developments on Monday - quite literally - when work on the installation of a new sewer system at Kingsholm starts.
It will mark the beginning of the Grandstand development at the ground that will begin officially in March but the completion of the sewer system is a crucial starting point in the plans.
The development means there will be no access to the car park - either for parking or on foot and the club has been forced to withdraw permission for this until the building work has been completed.
The existing Victorian sewer system is situated under the current Grandstand development and will be extended and diverted from one end of the car park to the other.
"Although we appreciate this very necessary work will cause some disruption it is at the same time very exciting because it means work on the Grandstand has effectively started," managing director Ken Nottage told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"An awful lot of work has been accomplished in developing this project and very soon we will be in a position to start work on the main structure."
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.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.