To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints postponed

Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints postponed

23rd December 2010

The Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture between Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints, scheduled for Boxing Day, has fallen foul of the weather and been postponed.

The Kingsholm pitch has been covered following the conclusion of the Amlin Challenge Cup tie against La Rochelle on Sunday evening. However, Kingsholm has experienced further snow and freezing temperatures since that point.

Referee Chris White, based locally in Cheltenham, was called in to inspect the pitch given that weather forecasts have temperatures dropping as low as minus 13 degree centigrade over the next few days.

Upon close inspection of the pitch, certain areas were found to be unplayable and no prospect of them being ready for Sunday’s game given that there will be no rise in temperature between now and then.

With the bank holiday period looming and the need to make a timely decision, it was reluctantly decided to postpone the game.

Ken Nottage, Gloucester Rugby’s Managing Director, explained today:

“We felt that it was only fair to try and make an informed decision as soon as possible as to whether the game could proceed or not.”

“The protective dome that allowed the La Rochelle game to proceed is unfortunately no longer at Kingsholm and the freezing conditions have just been too much for our frost covers.”

“We called in Chris White for his opinion and, unfortunately, it was bad news. It’s the first time we have had to postpone a game, apart from for fog, in almost 15 years.”

“It’s desperately disappointing as Sunday was going to be a sell out and we were all looking forward to a terrific game of rugby.”

“Our stadium staff have worked incredibly hard over the past few days in an attempt to stage two fixtures in the space of a week but the weather conditions have proved to be too much.”

Tickets that have been purchased for the match will be valid for the re-arranged fixture which will be confirmed in due course. If supporters are unable to attend the re-arranged fixture they we will be able to exchange their tickets for another match of their choice.

Any supporters that wish to exchange tickets will need to do so either by presenting their Northampton tickets in person at the ticket office or sending them by post with a covering letter stating which match they would prefer.

Gloucester Rugby would like to sincerely apologise for the delay in confirming the postponement. However, the club had to follow the postponement protocols laid down by Premiership Rugby before making the postponement official.

 

RSS feeds

News

February 2012

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

March 2011

November 2009

Archived News

News

February 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

My Shortlist

Welcome to My Shortlist. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

To build your own Itinerary, click Add to Excursion to add an item to your Shortlist basket.