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."
Gary Jones of Glevum Windows and Conservatories recently visited Kingsholm Stadium and the Cherry and White supporter spoke exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV after marking two decades as a box holder in the Stowford Press Stand at Kingsholm. A great feat!
Speaking to the local media this week during preseason, new hooker Richard Hibbard said he was really enjoying putting in the hard work and being back to full fitness ahead of the 2014-15 season with the Cherry and Whites.
Nick Walshe was unveiled as Gloucester's new Backs and Attack Coach this week and spoke to Simon Ward for the RFU.com podcast about his excitement at joining Gloucester and working with a new group of players.
Speaking after the Third Test defeat to New Zealand, Ben Morgan told RFU.com that the loss was a disappointing way to sign off the summer tour but that the England team know what they have to do to be successful.
At the end of a tour when there have been so many positives for England, fly half Freddie Burns, who will start the third Test against New Zealand, was clear that the whole squad are focussed on signing off with a memorable win when he spoke to RFU.com
Speaking to Steve Jones of RFU.com straight after the 27-28 defeat to New Zealand on Saturday, Billy Twelvetrees spoke of the frustration of a missed opportunity, but stressed that England would lick their wounds and bounce back.
Freddie Burns contributed 12 points in England's 20-15 defeat against New Zealand on Saturday but, speaking after the game to RFU.com, preferred to talk about the many positives in the performance from Stuart Lancaster's side.
Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan put in a great individual performance as England were just pipped by New Zealand by 20 points to 15 in Auckland on Saturday. He told Steve Jones of RFU.com that the team will be in good spirits going into the 2nd Test in Dunedin.
It's been marked in the diary since the spring, but rugby will be returning to Kingsholm on July 31st. The holders host the Premiership Rugby Sevens for the third consecutive year, and Dan Robson can't wait to get on the field with the new look squad.
With almost a month of pre-season training with Gloucester Rugby already under his belt, James Voss is ready to hit the ground running as he links up with his Hartpury coaches and team-mates this week.
Premiership Rugby have today announced the fixtures for the second World Club Sevens tournament at Twickenham over the weekend of August 16-17 and Gloucester Rugby will kick off their Pool B campaign against Vodacom Blue Bulls.