This afternoon, Gloucester Rugby's opponents in the new European Rugby Challenge Cup were revealed and the exciting prospect of locking horns with clubs across Europe is one that excites winger James Simpson-Daniel.
Certainly away from home, the two French sides will be very, very tough, and Zebre have shown that they have the ability to beat the top sides in the PRO12.
With trips to Brive, Zebre and Oyonnax to look forward to, the experienced speedster expects all three to pose big threats with proud heritages to defend.
"I'm reasonably happy with the group but, at the same time, you know that each of those teams have the ability to beat whoever they play on the day. You know that from looking at the French league and the Rabo. You've got your guard up because on their day you know those sides can be a real force.
"You were looking at the French league last season and thinking 'Oyonnax will be the whipping boys'. But then they went out and produced some great shocks last season. You know that, certainly away from home, the two French sides will be very, very tough, and Zebre have shown that they have the ability to beat the top sides in the PRO12."
Not considered the super powers of French rugby, Simpson-Daniel knows that Gloucester will have to be on their mettle throughout the European Challenge Cup.
"If you win your home matches and nick a few points on the road, you'll be there or thereabouts in whatever competition you are part of. Oyonnax have shown what you can do if you get your home record flying early on in the season.
"That's what Gloucester used to be like years ago - we had such a strong home record and that put us in a great place. Maybe we took that for granted because we'd do anything now to win all our home games. If you win everything at home, sides become aware of what you are.
"Sides going to Oyonnax know that they have such a strong home record - they're going to be very, very tough and very proud."
And Sinbad knows full well the importance of your home games in Europe and how vital it is for the Cherry and Whites to turn Kingsholm back into a fortress.
"Kingsholm expects big results, and it's been embarrassing that we haven't been able to get those results. It almost looked as though we had a bit of fear about playing there.
"People seemed a little bit afraid of losing. It's got to be the other way because the supporters will do everything they can to help. You've got to give it everything you've got inside you because we're very proud of the home record we've had traditionally. That's what Kingsholm is about and we're desperate to get that back.
"If we can get a winning run going at home again, if we can get 10 or 15 games behind us, that would be incredible. Suddenly the crowds would get bigger and bigger and everyone wants to be there. You'd then be nearly at the Munster kind of atmosphere every week if we can produce a run of wins."
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday. Rebecca de Filippo and Gemma Sharples took time out from training to preview the game.
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).