Gloucester rugby fans will stand side by side with their competition at a derby day with a difference this Sunday, donating unwanted kit in aid of an international rugby charity.
Local supporters have been invited to take part in a kit amnesty at this week's game against Worcester Warriors, giving them the opportunity to back a good cause as well as their team.
The event will be hosted at Sixways Stadium by Worcester Warriors, in partnership with official club sponsor and community partner, npower.
Donations will be collected in aid of charity SOS/iRB Kit Aid, which encourages rugby fans to share their love of the game by helping make a difference to young enthusiasts in poorer nations around the world.
Pete Grzonka, head of sales and marketing at Gloucester Rugby, said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Worcester in supporting an initiative that will benefit players worldwide.
"We urge our supporters to remember their fellow rugby fans in the midst of Sunday's excitement, and that their donations can make a huge difference. Gloucester mums will benefit too, as that extra load of washing goes off to a good cause!"
Fans from both teams will peg donations, including shirts, shorts and boots, onto special washing lines available outside the stadium.
Tom Ryder, marketing and community manager at Worcester Warriors, said: "It is a really exciting project for us, and will give fans an opportunity to clear out their wardrobes and donate their old shirts to a great cause."
SOS/iRB Kit Aid works with young people to promote inclusivity, involvement, social integration and discipline through sport.
Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, added: "We are proud to be supporting the kit amnesty, which is a fantastic way of developing junior rugby in less fortunate countries around the world."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.