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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Speaking to the local media after the 35-22 loss at Wasps, lock Tom Savage spoke of his disappointment at the result, with Gloucester left to rue a number of missed opportunities against a clinical home side.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.