Gloucester are set to name a strong side when they begin their Powergen Cup campaign against the Ospreys on Saturday (2.30pm).
Despite injuries to Duncan McRae and Jack Adams, Dean Ryan has no fresh concerns but may decide to leave out Phil Vickery, who has a shoulder injury, to give him more time to recover.
But he is expected to name a strong side tomorrow that could include James Forrester and Alex Brown, who were this week named in the England squad.
Adam Balding, Gloucester's skipper, said: "Gloucester are taking this competition very seriously because if you win there is a route into the Heineken Cup and that is where we want to be. For us to win this competition and get into Europe would be a fantastic achievement.
"Playing the Ospreys will be a tough opener. I don't know that much about their side but it is pretty obvious it is going to be a difficult game. We will be putting everything into training this week to make sure we keep our unbeaten record this season. We have had a good start to the season and we want to keep that momentum going."
Tickets are still available for the contest and the ticket office will remain open on Thursday night until 6.30pm to give supporters the chance to take advantage of the early purchase scheme, that allows £2 per purchase.
The ticket office will also be open on Saturday morning at 10am.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in seven tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.