IF THERE’S one game Gloucester loves it is rugby and as the Six Nations is about to kick off, the city is getting in the sporting spirit.
As Gloucester Rugby legends prepare to swap their cherry and white kit for the red rose of England, pubs and fans are also getting ready for one of the year’s rugby highlight.
Staff at the Cider Tree at the Coach Horses near the Kingsholm Stadium are preparing for the onslaught of rugby fans tomorrow.
Manager Bob Bolton said it was expecting a full house tomorrow night when England take on France at the Stade de France in a 6pm kick off.
He said: “We are always a popular place to go when the Six Nations are on, but we generally do even better when Gloucester are at home, like they are tomorrow, as everyone comes here after.
“Cider and rugby seem to be a great combination and the pub is always packed inside and out.
“We have one of the largest screens in town that a lot of people don’t realise is there because it comes down from the ceiling on match days.
“We always have extra staff in during the rugby and we’re so busy we don’t get chance to watch it, but you can always tell when a Gloucester player is doing well from the roar of the customers.”
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees will be starting in the England line up as will Jonny May, who makes his national debut on the wing.
Meanwhile number eight, Ben Morgan will be on the bench.
Gloucester season ticket holder, Trevor Simms from Churchdown, said it would be great to see so many of the team playing for their country.
The 31-year-old said: “I think Gloucester might struggle at the weekend with so many players out or being called up for England.
“So it would be great if England could get a good result at the start of the tournament to keep fans smiling on Saturday.”
Coverage of England’s first match starts at 5pm in many of the city’s bars.