Feb 19, 2016
Ten Things To Know About Gloucester
Gloucester Rugby is under new ownership. Martin St Quinton has bought out the Walkinshaw family to become the sole owner of the club. St Quinton earned his fortune at The Saint Group, a private office equipment company, in the 1980s.
This will be the 40th Premiership game between the sides: Saracens have won 17, lost 21 and drawn one of the previous 39.
The Cherry and White nickname is not an official alias of Gloucester. It was purely a media invention in reference to the club’s colours in the 1960s. One of the first unofficial nicknames were the Elver Eaters.
The 1921-22 season went down in infamy for the number of players sent off: 14 for fighting, seven for arguing with officials, six for using abusive language and one for serious foul play.
Saracens have won eight of their last 11 matches (Lost 2, Drawn 1) against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, including a two-point victory in their last encounter. Eight of the last 10 matches between these teams in the Premiership have been decided by a final margin of fewer than eight points.
Gloucester away record in the history of the Premiership is: Played 207, Won 64, Drawn 11, Lost 132.
Kingsholm was the oldest stadium used in last year’s World Cup. It was built in 1891, 16 years before Twickenham. The first Test match played there was in 1900 between England and Wales, with the principality winning the game.
Saracens are undefeated in their last seven home games against Gloucester (Won 6, Drawn 1) and have conceded just eight tries in total in these matches.
In Gloucester’s 143-year history, they have claimed 11 major trophies. It took them 98-years to win their first cup but have only won the League once in 2001-02. They have tasted European success too winning the Challenge Cup twice, including last year’s victory.
James Hook is the danger man for Gloucester scoring 68 points in the league so far this season, including a club high three tries. Billy Twelvetrees is next on the points list with 62.