Nigel Davies (Director of Rugby, part of Wales coaching team at RWC 2007)
Mike Tindall (RWC winner with England in 2003)
Jimmy Cowan (RWC winner with New Zealand in 2011)
Paul James (Leader, Gloucester City Council)
Philip McLellan (Sheriff & Deputy Mayor of Gloucester)
Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's CEO, got things underway:
"It's a very proud day for both Gloucester Rugby and the City of Gloucester.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce that Rugby World Cup Limited and England Rugby 2015 today confirmed Kingsholm as a match venue and Gloucester as a host City for Rugby World Cup 2015.
"Many people, too many to mention here, have worked extremely hard to get us to this point and, speaking on behalf of everyone at the club, we're extremely proud and delighted to be named as a venue.
It's not just been a Gloucester Rugby initiative, of course, and it's only right and proper that Paul James, the Leader of Gloucester City Council, and Philip McLellan, the Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of the City are also here with us today.
"To be part of Rugby World 2015 is a huge honour for both the club and the city. The tournament will be the third largest global sporting event. 48 games of rugby will played across 6 weeks, 2 million fans will attend the games and a global television audience of over 4.2 billion is expected.
"Kingsholm and Gloucester have a unique opportunity to show our facilities, our abilities as hosts, inspire and engage the local community and ensure that we really enjoy the festival of rugby leading up to and during the tournament.
"In recent years, we've worked really hard to establish Kingsholm as venue capable of staging international rugby.
"Many international sides have played matches here, and Gloucester Rugby, our supporters and the city will welcome the teams we are set to host here with open arms.
"I'm delighted to confirm that four games will be taking place here in Gloucester and they really are fantastic fixtures:
19th September - Tonga vs Europe 1
23rd September - Scotland vs Asia 1
25th September Argentina vs Europe 1
11th October - USA vs Asia 1
"To be part of such a huge event is a real privilege, we're already genuinely excited about the prospect of being involved and I know that Gloucester Rugby and the City will offer a fantastic Rugby World Cup 2015 experience to travelling teams and supporters alike.
What does it mean to the players to know World Cup rugby is coming?
MT: "Looking at the young players we have in the squad, we have potentially five or six players who could be pushing for inclusion by 2015.
"Playing here, and knowing the stadium will host World Cup rugby, is fantastic. It's such a global event and will help showcase Gloucester as a potential place for other players to want to come to and play.
PJ: "I think it is. The benefits for the local economy could be substantial and our job for the next two and a half years is going to be to maximize those by working together with the club and our other partners.
"I think also the benefits of being part of that third largest sporting event, with such a huge worldwide audience, as far as putting Gloucester on the map are very difficult to quantify, but I think the potential opportunities are huge.
Rugby's all about team work, on and off the pitch, this bid seems to typify that?
SV: "It's been a real team effort. Having worked on the Olympics for a number of years prior to coming to Gloucester, I learned a lot from that. The City have been fantastic and it really has been a joint effort. The Rugby World Cup would not be coming here without the sterling efforts of the City Council.
PJ: "To reinforce that. It's been a partnership bid, we've worked very well together on it. The Club and the Council have had a good relationship for mnay years and this process has cemented that.
"I think one of the many strengths our bid had was that close working relationship, and that will continue up to and beyond the event itself.
Gloucester seems to be such a good fit for World Cup rugby?
ND: "It fits Gloucester so well in many ways. This is a very special place, a very special place to play rugby. We have a fantastic and very passionate support, and they deserve, quite frankly, to have these World Cup games.
"We're so passionate about the game here. I genuinely think that all the games will be sell out matches and there will be huge passion from the crowd here which will come across on the TV.
"That's what Rugby World Cup Limited wants to see - packed out stadiums, passionate environments and, when you have those, you generally get great games of rugby as well.
Are you disappointed that there aren't more rugby ground featured?
ND: "I'm obviously not aware of what the criteria were but, from my point of view, the selection panel have been spot on in selecting this venue because of al the things I've said.
"I've never quite come across a ground like this. Not really since I first started playing rugby properly at Stradey Park, which reminds me a little bit of this place.
"And everyone who comes here, like Jimmy Cowan here, has been blown away with the intensity and the passion that our fans show.
"It's going to be exactly like that when the World Cup comes here."