With the World Club 7s on the horizon this weekend, Jacob Rowan is praising the impact of Sevens on the squad and it's importance in pre season preparations.
Captaining the Sevens squad to Premiership Rugby Sevens glory, not a bad start in Cherry and White for the Yorkshireman.
"It feels fantastic to have won the tournament, to come here in good hopes and capitalise when we did, then get to the final and win, it's a great feeling.
But did the back rower feel any pressure during the tournament, especially after going through the group stages unbeaten.
"Yeah, there was pressure, but Olly Morgan has been telling us throughout the week that we need to concentrate on our game and I think it showed out there.
Rowan and his Cherry and White teammates experienced differing conditions at The Stoop to the sunshine of Kingsholm a week earlier, and the torrential rain made it difficult.
"We were lucky against Saints when it was dry, but then the rain started coming down. We got a bit tighter and made a few little mistakes but we managed to hold on in the end, which is what matters.
"It was great, there are a few tired bodies out there but everyone was working for one another and it was really enjoyable.
Conceding just eight tries across the six matches played in the tournament, Rowan was thrilled with the impact of the Cherry and White defence.
"It's hugely pleasing, we focused a lot of defence throughout our preparations and it worked well in the first group stage and again in the final. To hold on in the final like that, it's a great feeling.
"It's the first chance to make a statement to the new coaches, and everyone wants to make that statement, I think we have been instilled with is work rate and defence and I hope that showed.
"We've had a tough pre season and the Sevens tournaments and giving us the best preparations for when the season starts."
With Yorkshire Carnegie in town to open up the pre season programme at Kingsholm on Saturday, Rowan can't ignore the prospect of taking on his old team.
"It'll be a weird one, and I've got a lot of friends up there but I'm a Gloucester player now and I'm fully focussed on that.
"It means a lot for me to have the chance to play against them again, and I'm sure whoever plays next week will have a tough game."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Figures released by EPCR following Gloucester winning the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday evening show that, unsurprisingly, a number of those wearing Cherry and White showed up well in the various statistical categories.
Speaking after the European Rugby Challenge Cup triumph on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was thrilled with how the Cherry and Whites managed the game and secured the first major European silverware for nine years.