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.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.