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.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.