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.
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).