Another famous chapter in the history of Gloucester Rugby and Kingsholm Stadium was marked in 2015 with the arrival of Rugby World Cup, and the honour of hosting four prestigious pool stage games.
All six nations that visited GL1 were given a warm welcome by the City and over 57,000 supporters descended on Kingsholm Stadium with the appetite for top level international rugby clear for all to see.
Kingsholm Road became a regular sea of colour, excitement and noise with camera phones prized to capture the atmosphere, teams and action.
Kingsholm Stadium was transformed for the tournament during September and October 2015, with the Pool C meeting between Tonga and Georgia on Saturday 19 September, kicking off a festival of rugby across the city and beyond.
14,200 supporters packed into the famous stadium and roared on the two sides, with the Georgians taking a famous victory by 17 points to 10.
With Japan shocking the Rugby World with a famous triumph over South Africa in their opening game, all eyes then descended on Kingsholm as hordes of Scots and Japanese supporters, let alone the hundreds of world's media arrived on the morning of Wednesday 23 September.
The game was well in the balance in the first period, before the well-rested Scots stretched away in the final stages to ease to a 45-10 victory, but aside from the rugby, Kingsholm Stadium was showcased to the world, with home favourite Greig Laidlaw leading his side to a great start to their campaign.
Just two days later, Kingsholm became a small part of Buenos Aires as thousands of Argentine supporters flocked to GL1 to cheer on their beloved Pumas to a first victory over Georgia.
The sight of The Shed bouncing and swaying to the South American beat will surely be a memorable one at Kingsholm as the Pumas romped away in the second half to win 54-9 with speedy wing duo Santiago Cordero and Juan Imhoff picking up braces.
The fourth and final Rugby World Cup 2015 at Kingsholm saw Japan and USA end their pool play campaign on October 11 under the Sunday Night Lights.
Japan became the first Tier Two nation to record three Pool stage victories (over South Africa, Samoa and USA) and not proceed to the knockout stages, but the Brave Blossoms had definitely made their mark on their tournament, with Kingsholm at the heart of their campaign.
Eddie Jones' men ran in three tries to the USA Eagles' two to win by 28-18 and bring the curtain down on a special few weeks for Gloucester Rugby and Kingsholm Stadium.
On May 2 2013, it was confirmed that Kingsholm Stadium would be one of the venues to host World Cup Rugby in 2015.
England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015), Tournament Organisers, and Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL), Tournament Owners, announced the full list of Match Venues and published the Match Schedule for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England.
The 13 Match Venues and Host Cities selected are:
Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James' Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter).
Present at Kingsholm to celebrate the success were:
Gloucester Rugby CEO, Stephen Vaughan
Director of Rugby, Nigel Davies
Gloucester Rugby players and World Cup Winners, Mike Tindall (2003) and Jimmy Cowan (2011)
Leader of Gloucester City Council, Paul James
Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of the City of Gloucester, Philip McLellan
To find out more about the announcement and to see the reaction to the news from Kingsholm, please use the links below.
|Official press release||Reaction from Paul James|
|Press conference transcript||Jimmy Cowan interview|
|Stephen Vaughan interview||Picture gallery|