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."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).