Exeter and Gloucester put on a powerful argument for summer rugby at Sandy Park on Saturday afternoon, sharing 79 points with Gareth Steenson's five second half penalties proving critical to deny gallant Gloucester, 40-39.
Gloucester Rugby end their 2012-13 Aviva Premiership campaign at Sandy Park against the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. Director of Rugby Nigel Davies selects the same starting XV that defeated Saracens a fortnight ago.
Gloucester have a poor record away at the Sale Sharks, and it continued on Friday evening as they couldn't overturn the body blow of two tries conceded from charged down kicks in the first seven minutes and went down 32-9 at the Salford City Stadium.
Playing for the first time at this level for four seasons, Gloucester produced a spirited effort against the current Amlin Challenge Cup holders, Biarritz, but paid a high price for indiscipline and errors, going down 31-41 at Kingsholm on Thursday evening.
Director of Rugby Nigel Davies makes one change to his back line and four in the pack as Gloucester Rugby welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership encounter (kick off 7:45pm).
Director of Rugby Nigel Davies makes several changes to his starting line up for the Aviva Premiership fixture against London Welsh at Kingsholm on Saturday (Kingsholm, 3pm), with Jim Hamilton returning to captain the side.
Games often go down to the wire. But this one took things to the extreme, as Errie Claassens' trip on a flying Jonny May resulted in the TMO recommending a red card and a penalty try, giving Gloucester a last gasp 29-23 win over Worcester.
Director of Rugby Nigel Davies makes just two changes to his starting line up as Gloucester Rugby prepare for the visit of local rivals Worcester Warriors to Kingsholm on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm).
When he joins Gloucester Rugby later this summer, Matt Kvesic will do so as a full England international. The openside flanker has been named to start against Argentina on Saturday and spoke to RFU.com about the prospect.
Ben Morgan, Tom Johnson and Henry Thomas spoke to Russ Hargreaves this week as they were about to do some DIY work at Chobham RFC as part of Natwest Rugby Force. On the agenda for discussion were, of course, England's forthcoming games but also the trio's painting prowess.
With ADEY Professional Heating Solutions now unveiled as Gloucester Rugby's new main sponsor from July 2013, managing Director Kelvin Stevens spoke to the club website about the reasons for getting involved with the club.
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan was delighted to introduce ADEY Professional Heating Solutions as the club's new main sponsor this week. He spoke to the club website about the exciting new partnership.
Although understandably disappointed following the 40-39 defeat at Exeter, Freddie Burns thought that both teams fully contributed to a great spectacle but that a couple of refereeing decisions were key to the outcome.
Gloucester's final game of the season ended in a narrow defeat in a pulsating encounter at the Exeter Chiefs. The Cherry and Whites went down 40-39, as Gareth Steenson's dramatic late penalty meant that the end of Director of Rugby Nigel Davies' first season in charge ended in defeat. Davies spoke to the official website in the Devon sunshine.
Dave Lewis was in a tough situation on Saturday afternoon - playing for Gloucester against the side he will join next season, Exeter Chiefs. At the final whistle though, Lewis was simply disappointed to have lost the game.
They've come close several times over the years but England U20s finally defeated the Baby Blacks on Tuesday evening to qualify for the final of the Junior World Championship where they will take on Wales.
The Gloucester Rugby Academy has established a production line of rugby talent in recent times, and Assistant Academy Manager Simon Lane is confident that the latest generation are going to step up to the mark.
Ross Moriarty and Elliott Stooke have both been named in the England U20s side to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series sweeps across the country this summer with pool matches at Gloucester Rugby, Northampton Saints and Saracens on 1,2 and 3 August, and the Final at Bath Rugby on 9 August.
British and Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland has named his squad for the match in Canberra against Super 15 side ACT Brumbies, with injuries hitting the squad Gloucester Rugby's Billy Twelvetrees was drafted in to the touring party and he starts at inside-centre for Tuesday's match.