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."
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).