Whilst many prepare for New Year celebrations, the Gloucester Rugby ground staff have been hard at work on the Kingsholm pitch to ensure Saturday's Guinness Premiership fixture against Worcester (kick off 3pm) goes ahead as planned.
The pitch has been covered since the Heineken Cup victory over Glasgow Warriors on December 20th to protect it from the cold weather conditions experienced since that game.
However, the frost covers have been removed this morning (Thursday) to allow the pitch to be marked up and divoting etc to take place.
Once this work is completed, the pitch will be recovered to protect it ahead of Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby Operations Manager Sean Roberts told the club website today:
"The pitch is in remarkably good nick considering how long we've had to keep it covered recently."
"Once again though, our ground staff have done an outstanding job and we're confident that we'll have no issues for the weekend."
"Once the Worcester game has taken place, the pitch will be immediately covered once more as we have an A League game against Saracens on Monday night to stage."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees admitted that the Gloucester squad were disappointed and frustrated after losing at home to Exeter, regretting that Gloucester's own errors had given the Chiefs the upper hand.
David Humphreys spoke to the local press after the Gloucester Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs on Friday was announced. Henry Purdy is making his Premiership debut for Gloucester and thoroughly deserves his chance says Humphreys.
Dan Murphy was part of a Gloucester pack which took a grip as the Sale game progressed and, ultimately, were rewarded with a late penalty try. The loose head prop says the team's improved scrummaging is down to a lot of hard work over the summer.
Gloucester clinched their first Aviva Premiership win of the season on Saturday, 34-27 over Sale Sharks, and scrum half Greig Laidlaw felt that the Kingsholm crowd played a massive part as they spurred the team on.
David Humphreys spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV after the 34-27 win over Sale Sharks at Kingsholm. The Director of Rugby praised the Kingsholm crowd for spurring the team on to a super second half comeback.