The preseason friendly between Gloucester Rugby and Ospreys, originally scheduled to take place at the Liberty Stadium over Bank Holiday weekend in August, has now been switched to Kingsholm.
The provisional fixture date was Saturday August 29th but, when Swansea City's fixtures were announced last week, they were scheduled to play at the Liberty Stadium on the same day.
So, the clubs have agreed to move the fixture to Kingsholm with Gloucester travelling to play a preseason friendly at the Liberty Stadium in summer 2010.
This is more great news for 2009-10 Gloucester Rugby season ticket holders as entry to the game will be free of charge for them.
The Early Bird deadline for purchasing 2009-10 season tickets at a reduced rate expires this Friday, June 26th, at 3:30pm.
Season ticket prices have, of course, been frozen for the second year in a row and the 2009-10 prices will also reflect the recent cut in the VAT rate meaning that, in effect, Gloucester Rugby supporters will benefit from a 2.5% price cut.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
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).