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, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.