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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.