Gloucester Rugby open their Compass Group Middlesex Sevens challenge against Worcester at Twickenham on Saturday 13 August.
A win over the Warriors could see the Kingsholm side meet the Army in round two, who they lost out to in last year's final.
The British Army kick off the tournament against Bedford Blues at 11.20am. Gloucester take on Worcester Warriors at 11.40am, followed by Londoners NEC Harlequins against Blackheath at 12 noon.
Northampton Saints are up against Bath Rugby at 12.20 followed by Premiership Champions London Wasps against Powergen Cup Winners Leeds Tykes at 12.40. Newcastle Falcons face London Irish at 13.10, then Leicester Tigers take on Guinness Premiership new boys Bristol Rugby at 13.30, followed by Saracens against Sale Sharks at 13.50.
Compass Group Middlesex 7s 1st Round Draw:
11.20 British Army v Bedford Blues
11.40 Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors
12.00 NEC Harlequins v Blackheath
12.20 Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby
12.40 London Wasps v Leeds Tykes
13.10 Newcastle Falcons v London Irish
13.30 Leicester Tigers v Bristol Rugby
13.50 Saracens v Sale Sharks
The 2nd Round matches will then take place at 14.15, 14.35, 14.55 and 15.15 followed by the Semi Finals at 16.20 and 16.40 and the Final at 17.30. The winning team will be presented with the Russell-Cargill Memorial Cup.
Apolosi Satala, a British Army soldier and member of the British Army rugby team, said "I am really looking forward to the challenge of competing against the Guinness Premiership teams and I know that I will have to be on top of my game in the best form to be selected as competition for places in the Army team is never taken for granted by any players. I love playing at Twickenham and the atmosphere of the Middlesex 7s tournament is absolutely fantastic".
The Compass Group Middlesex 7s promises to be a day of exciting fast flowing rugby and will be benefiting the Wooden Spoon Society, helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, and the Professional Rugby Players' Association Benevolent Fund.
Tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster on 0871 871 0777 at £25 for adults and £10 for Under 16s. Groups of 10 or more tickets purchased via the Group Booking Line 0871 871 3777 qualify for a £5 discount on every ticket and other benefits. THere are also offers available for Gloucester Rugby season ticket holders. Visit www.middlesex7s.com for more information. A printable version of the draw is also available on the website.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).