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."
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
Speaking ahead of the West Country Challenge Cup meeting with Bath Rugby this Sunday, front rower Paddy McAllister explained how he was looking forward to running out in Cherry and White after a preseason packed full of hard work.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.