GLOUCHESTER FACING DIFFICULT TIES

Gloucester are having difficult two games coming up in around six days in the Challenge Cup. The away game against Rovigo is on Saturday, 15 January (1400 GMT) with the last group match at home to Agen on Thursday, 20 January (1945 GMT).

“It is a tight turnaround, but these things happen sometimes” said managing director Ken Nottage.

“ERC have made this decision but having a game on a Thursday is new to us.”

“It could be tricky for supporters because some will have work the next day and getting here from work could mean travelling direct to the ground. It’s not ideal but that’s what we’ve been given.”

GLOUCHESTER TO CONDUCT CROWD REVIEW

Glouchester are about to crowd review of Saracens according to Ken Nottage. But managing director Ken Nottage said he did not want to segregate fans.

“We are going to take professional advice before we play Saracens to have our procedures reviewed once again,” he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

“We’re able to have fans sharing space on terraces. It would be a very sad day if rugby were to see segregation.”

TRINDER DEFENCE IS THE KEY FOR THE GLOUCESTER

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder says that the defence is that key for the team’s success. The 21-year-old was named man of the match in Saturday’s 36-10 hammering of Saracens in the LV= Cup.

He told BBC Gloucestershire: “We have been trusting our defence and we’ve not really been broken very much in the whole season.

“Away from home especially, it will win you games and it’s great to see all the boys working together.”

Trinder, who is an England Under-20 international, has been earmarked as a player of huge potential by his age group coach Mark Mapletoft, despite the injuries that have dogged him in the first half of last season.

He says he is now keen to make his mark at Gloucester, and does not mind being picked in either of the centre positions.