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 to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).