Pete Grzonka, Gloucester Rugby's Head of Sales of Marketing, was delighted to confirm today that the club have appointed a new 1873 Club Manager.
1873 Club is the exclusive members club within the C&G Grandstand at Kingsholm.
Members enjoy the benefits of their own permanent padded seats in the very best seating locations and use of the members' only bars and restaurants.
Until very recently, the role of 1873 Club Manager was held by Laurie McNeill but with Laurie having moved on to pursue other career options, Clare Reader will start in post from Monday May 11th.
Pete confirmed today:
"The 1873 Club Manager is a key role for us as the main point of contact for our 670 corporate members and we embarked upon a stringent recruitment process to find exactly the right person for the job."
"I'm very happy that Clare will be joining us and look forward to welcoming her to Kingsholm and building on the good work done by Laurie."
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).