The fixtures for the 2014-15 LV= Cup have been released and Gloucester Rugby have been drawn to play host to Guinness Pro12 side Ospreys in Round 1.
The first round tie over the weekend of the 31st October sees the men from the Liberty Stadium cross the Severn Bridge. The following week, the Cherry and Whites then make the short trip to the Kassam Stadium to face newly-promoted London Welsh.
In the New Year, Gloucester Rugby will meet holders Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, and then round off the pool stage competition with 2012 winners Harlequins, the visitors to Kingsholm.
Fixtures are as follows;
Round 1 - Gloucester Rugby v Ospreys - 31/1/2 November 2014
Round 2 - London Welsh v Gloucester Rugby - 7/8/9 November 2014
Round 3 - Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby - 30/31/1 Feb 2015
Round 4 - Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins - 6/7/8 Feb 2015
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.