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."
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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.
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.