The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed on Tuesday May 5th that it will submit a bid to the International Rugby Board (IRB) to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Kingsholm is one of the venues under consideration.
Her Majesty's Government and the RFU have agreed a support package that will enable the RFU to bid and the Rt Hon MP Andy Burnham said:
"England 2015 would be a superb addition to a great decade of sport in Britain. The RFU has pulled together an outstanding bid that will take the game to new audiences. It has the Government's full support and we will now work with them to make the case for it."
The bid includes games at the biggest and best stadia in England and Wales and Gloucester Rugby's MD Ken Nottage confirmed to www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk:
"Clearly we are bound by the confidentiality terms of the bid process but we can confirm we are supporting the RFU's bid for Rugby World Cup 2015."
"Should England be successful we will work with the IRB and RFU to deliver an outstanding tournament and look forward to welcoming games to our stadium."
Kingsholm did previously host a World Cup group match back in 1991 when a 12,000 crowd watched the All Blacks defeat the USA by 46 points to 6.
Gloucester Rugby will take on Wasps on Sunday in their first ever visit in the Aviva Premiership to the Ricoh Arena. Speaking to the local media today, Director of Rugby David Humphreys previewed the game as well as giving an update on the injured Henry Trinder.
Following the 48-10 Aviva Premiership win over London Welsh on Saturday, Dan Murphy praised his team mates for battling right up to the very last minute in difficult conditions and maintaining the momentum that the team have built in 2015.
Henry Purdy scored two memorable tries against London Welsh at Kingsholm on Saturday, and attributed the first one to hard work on the training ground before describing how much he's enjoying playing his rugby alongside friends like Callum Braley.
Gloucester dominated for long periods against Wasps at the Ricoh Stadium on Sunday afternoon but were made to pay the price for defensive lapses and a number of key refereeing decisions not going their way in a 32-21 defeat.
A number of the Gloucester Rugby squad this week benefitted from an initiative organised by Circle 2 Success (C2S) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to help players develop their business planning skills.