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What a long summer! But it's definitely now over with the World Cup underway in Japan and the Cherry and Whites back in action at Kingsholm (Saturday ko 3.00)..
Battle of the Nines
The summer hols are over, there's a nip in the air and drizzle in the strengthening wind. Normally those are signals that it's time to get down to Kingsholm and watch some full on rugby. Not this year ..
World Cup for Braley?
Gloucs scrum half Callum Braley has his eyes set on Japan .... thanks to his grandad.
Back To Tradition - Sort of
A replica of the new shirt is now available at the not too bad price of £55 and it should make quite an impact in the Shed this season.
Fitness or Face?
Is Danny Cipriani not fit enough or doesn't his face fit with Eddie Jones. Certainly there's evidence to support the latter, but why would Jones include the Premiership Player of the Year in a 35 man squad a couple of weeks ago and then leave him out of a 38 man squad for fitness work in Italy?
It's a long time to wait but we now know that Johan Ackermann's boys will be of to Sale for the opening Premiership game on October 19th.
Heinz Meanz Business
Willi Heinz may be one of the surprise packages in Eddie Jones' plans for Japan but a the age of 32 it looks like he is about to seize his chance.
Back from a three week break and expecting to see all kinds of changes at Kingsholm - hasn't it been quiet!
Sarries Too Strong
Sarries set the bar rtoo high for a battling Gloucester side and we can have no complaints with the 44-19 semi-final defeat. What we do need to do is learn from the intensity of the best team in Europe and try to add that to our undohbted flair next season.
Cometh The Hour
Can the Premiership Player of the Season get enough decent ball to thwart the best team in Europe? That appears to be the key to our chances of beating the odds and taking Sarries' scalp on their pitch.