Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce that they will be writing the next chapter in the club's illustrious history this autumn with a fixture against the touring Qantas Wallabies.
Kingsholm has since been the scene of many memorable games over the years, including Gloucester facing the All Blacks in 1905, South Africa in 1906 and the visit of the 1924 All Blacks who were nicknamed 'The Invincibles'.
However, the clash between the Cherry and Whites and the Green and Golds promises to rank up there with the very best of them.
The fixture is scheduled for 7:45pm on the evening of Tuesday November 3rd and forms part of the Qantas Wallabies autumn programme which kicks off with a fixture in Tokyo against the All Blacks.
Australia then travel to the UK to take on Gloucester and follow up with fixtures against England (Twickenham, Nov 7th), Ireland (Croke Park, Nov 15th), Scotland (Murrayfield, Nov 21st) and Wales (Millennium Stadium, Nov 28th).
Securing a prestigious fixture of this nature is a huge achievement and only possible due to the hard work of many people including Mike Burton, former Gloucester, England and British & Irish Lions prop and chairman of leading sports management company the Mike Burton Group.
Gloucester Rugby's Managing Director Ken Nottage said today:
"I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce the visit of the Australian national team to Kingsholm and grateful to the RFU and Premier Rugby Limited for allowing it to happen. And, of course, thanks to Mike whose contacts were very important."
"Everyone at Gloucester Rugby is working hard to establish Kingsholm as one of the premier rugby venues in Europe. We have been fortunate enough to stage U20 internationals, a European Challenge Cup Final, the Barbarians vs Ireland and are amongst the proposed venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup."
"Welcoming a team of the stature of Australia to Kingsholm further boosts our credentials in this respect and we are all looking forward to this fixture hugely."
It won't be the first time that the Australian national side has appeared at Kingsholm as they took on Gloucestershire when the first Australian representative team, the first Wallabies, visited the UK in 1908.
Recent seasons have seen respected Australian internationals such as Jason Little and Jeremy Paul have both worn the Cherry and White shirt in recent times whilst Richard Tombs was one of the club's very first, and most popular, overseas signings.
However, the opportunity to see the full Australian side in action at Kingsholm is a unique one and sure to feature in future updates of the Gloucester Rugby Heritage Project which was unveiled recently.
Tickets for this fixture have been held at the same prices as for a Guinness Premiership match and will go on sale on Tuesday morning at 9am on 0871 871 8781* or in person from the ticket office.
Sales will initially be restricted to Gloucester Rugby season ticket holders, 1873 Club Members and box holders who will be able to purchase two match tickets per season ticket until Friday October 2nd at 3:30pm.
Tickets will then go on general release for internet sale only on the club website at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th and will then also be available from the club ticket office and over the phone from 9am on Monday October 5th.
Season ticket holders' seats will be reserved until close of business on Friday October 16th.
Hospitality packages will also be available from £100 per head. Please contact the club's commercial office for more details.
In order to facilitate the game, the Anglo Welsh fixture against Cardiff Blues has been rescheduled from Friday November 6th to kick off at 3pm on Sunday November 8th.
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