Gloucester Rugby Managing Director Ken Nottage today spoke of the buzz of excitement that is sweeping around Kingsholm following the announcement earlier this week that the Qantas Wallablies will be playing Gloucester in November.
On Monday, Gloucester Rugby were 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.
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).
Although the Australian national side has played at Kingsholm before (against Gloucestershire and also against the South West), it will be the first time that they have taken on Gloucester Rugby.
And the fixture is already whetting public appetite according to Nottage:
"Tickets have only been on sale a week and initially to season ticket holders only but the ticket office has been a hive of activity."
"Once the tickets go on general sale on the internet over the weekend and in person next week, I think things will really take off."
Nottage went on to explain why this occasion is so important to the club:
"We really want to establish Kingsholm as a venue capable of hosting the very biggest games. We've already staged a European Challenge Cup final, England U20 internationals and also the Barbarians vs Ireland."
"We're also one of only two rugby dedicated stadiums set to host games in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. And we want to host more of these events, to make it the norm rather than the exception."
Finally, the MD stressed how much the game means to the first team squad as well:
"We're fortunate that we have a number of internationals in our squad. But there are some players, faithful club servants, who for one reason or another have not quite made the breakthrough at international level."
"The chance to play against the Wallabies is incredibly important to them as it also is for our younger players."
"It's a fixture that captures everyone's imagination."
Tickets will 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 (0871 871 8781 option 2*) from 9am on Monday October 5th.
* Calls to this number will cost 10 pence per minute from BT landlines, calls from other networks and mobiles may vary.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.