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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.