April 11, 2015
Gloucester Rugby confirm that they will be taking on rivals Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs in a pre-season tournament.
The three teams will meet on a round robin basis as they finalise their preparations ahead of the 2015-16 season.
The start of the season proper is delayed because of Rugby World Cup 2015. With Kingsholm being used for World Cup pool matches, Gloucester can confirm that they will play their ‘home’ fixtures at The Memorial Stadium.
CEO Stephen Vaughan, explained the thinking behind the tournament and the temporary move to Bristol.
“Everyone at Gloucester Rugby and within the city is extremely excited at the prospect of hosting four Rugby World Cup pool matches at Kingsholm. However, it has posed us a challenge in terms of our pre-season plans.”
“Even though the start of the Aviva Premiership season is delayed, we still need to prepare as usual and that means competitive rugby. So, we’re delighted that we’ve been able to organise this mini tournament with Bath and Exeter.”
“The nature of our agreement with Rugby World Cup 2015 means that we’re not able to use Kingsholm for our home matches. We are pleased to confirm that we will play those games at the Memorial Stadium.”
“Fortunately, ‘The Mem’ is handily placed for a lot of our supporters and although we fully appreciate it may be slightly further for some, I know people will understand our reasoning for us having to relocate our fixtures.”
“Bristol Rovers have been fantastic through the process and I’m sure we’ll make it feel like home when the games are played. ”
“We hope to see as many of our fantastic supporters down there cheering us on, as well as any local rugby fans who have a desire to watch Premiership sides in action.”
Kick off dates and times and ticketing information will be confirmed as soon as possible.