Gloucester’s ‘Cherry and Whites’, who enjoy a fierce rivalry with the Aviva Premiership’s other West Country clubs including Bath and the Exeter Chiefs, are based in Kingsholm, just outside the Gloucester city centre.
Gloucester’s strip was originally meant to be Navy Blue, but during one of the club’s very first outings in the mid-1870s it was discovered that the blue jerseys had been left at home. As they were passing through Painswick, an area of Gloucestershire, they stopped at the local club and borrowed a set of their cherry red and white-hooped jerseys, which immediately became the accepted team colours.
Of their current crop of players the most accomplished are former All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan, English midfielder Mike Tindall and young up-and-comer Billy Twelvetrees. Some of England’s most acclaimed players of recent times have donned the Cherry and White’s jersey, including Phil Vickery, Iain Balshaw and Lesley Vainikolo, while foreign players who have represented the club include esteemed Australian midfielder Jason Little, All Blacks Ian Jones and Greg Sommerville, French hero Philippe Saint-Andre and Scottish star Chris Paterson.