The Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, visited Kingsholm on Wednesday together with Parmjit Dhanda, Labour MP for Gloucester.
Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage, and star players Phil Vickery, Henry Paul and Simon Amor, showed them around the ground and talked about the new 7,500 seated stand that is being developed for the start of the 2005/06 season.
Parmjit Dhanda has also recently spoken of his desire for the inclusion of rugby sevens in the 2012 London Olympic bid and for Kingsholm to host some of the tournament.
Talking during his visit Richard Caborn said: "It's all down to the IOC, but from a British point of view it'd be great to see rugby in the Olympics, even if it was only as an emerging sport."
The Sports Minister had a good chat with the players and was impressed with the new stand development, and the role that the Club plays in the community, not only in terms of the matchday atmosphere, but also the community development activity and 'playing for success' centre at the ground.
Looking at the many social issues that have been raised in recent weeks on the political campaign trail, Caborn added: "Sport is a great driver to improve so many things, and clubs like Gloucester play a key role in this."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.