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Weekly Update from Lance Bradley, Chief Executive Officer

Weekly Update from Lance Bradley, Chief Executive Officer
Weekly Update | 8 June

First of all, I hope you’re keeping safe and well. It’s good to be able to write to you with some good news.

Return to play

Premiership Rugby (PRL) announced on Thursday that August 15th was being targeted as the date on which the 2019/20 Premiership Rugby season will recommence. The announcement can be found in the link below.

Update on the 2019/20 season

As Darren Childs, CEO of PRL, makes clear, it will only happen if it safe to do so, but there is increasing confidence that we will be playing rugby again in ten weeks’ time.

Once it is safe to start playing again it is important that the season recommences, rather than being abandoned and rugby being restarted with the 2020/21 season.

Firstly, it is the right thing to do in terms of the integrity of the competition. From our own point of view, although our season had been disappointing so far, we do firmly believe that we have a squad capable of much better than the 9th place in which we currently find ourselves. I know that they can’t wait to prove as much.

Secondly it’s important that we deliver what we said we would to you, our fans and business partners. At this stage we do not know the details of how the games will be played (and we have published options for Club Members in the event that we are unable to welcome you to Kingsholm for some or all of our remaining games, see here. Recommencing this season, however, gives us the best possible chance of delivering what was planned.

Thirdly, and most importantly, we all want to see Gloucester Rugby playing again as soon as we can. We’ve been without live rugby for twelve weeks and I know that it’ll be a big boost to so many to see your Club playing again. Recommencing this season is the best way of doing that.

Return to training

To prepare our players for a return to play, I’m pleased to announce that training is planned to recommence next Monday – June 15th.

There are some strict protocols we have to go through in order to do this, but we have been working on them for some time and we believe we are now in a position to satisfy the requirements.

You can see details of the return to training protocols here.

While the players have, of course, been working hard on their own training over the last few weeks, this next step is a very welcome one as we start to work with our players in the elite training environment again.

Playing side structure

With David Humphreys deciding that now is the time for him to move on from the Club, Alex Brown will be taking on more responsibility on the playing side. Alex, as I’m sure you’re aware, is hugely experienced in this, having played over 200 games for the Club and then spent over 6 years as Rugby Operations Manager, before being promoted to Commercial Director.

Alex is overseeing rugby operations while we continue the process of appointing a new Head Coach. Once the new Head Coach is appointed Alex will continue to provide support in this area, as we do not plan to continue with separate Head Coach and Director of Rugby positions.

As would normally be the case for pre-season, the preparations for the return to training are being managed by Dan Tobin, our Head of Performance.


These steps towards a return to training and a recommencing of the 2019/20 Premiership Rugby season show that we are making some good progress towards what we all want – to see Gloucester Rugby competing on the pitch again.

Our search for a new Head Coach is going well, and it remains our plan to make an announcement in early July.

In the mean time, we really appreciate your continued support. I know it’s frustrating when we’re not playing, but behind the scenes we’re putting plans in place to make sure we’re in the best possible position to be the winners in the new rugby landscape.

Best wishes,

Lance Bradley

Chief Executive Officer