Gloucester's pre-season plans will start with the Kingsholm club travelling to France to take on Heineken Cup champions Toulouse in a four-team tournament at the end of July.
As well as Toulouse, Gloucester will compete against fellow Premiership side Leeds Tykes and French side Clermont Auvergne (formerly Montferrand) in the Issoire tournament.
The summer tournament takes place between 29 July and 31 July and will be part of the Club's pre-season schedule after the players return to training at the end of June.
The tournament will see two semi-finals on 29 July at 5pm and 7pm (draw to be made soon), following by a runners-up clash and the final on Sunday 31 July at 3pm and 5pm, respectively.
Issoire is a French rugby club that plays in the leagues just below the top two divisions and is 20 minutes (by car) south of Clermont Ferrand (where Clermont Auvergne are based).
Gloucester will also be taking part in the Compass Group Middlesex Sevens on Saturday 13 August.
The West Country side were runners-up in last season's event and will compete against 15 other teams for this year's trophy, including all the Premiership clubs, NEC Harlequins, Blackheath, Bedford Blues and last year's winners, the British Army.
Gloucester is scheduling a number of other pre-season fixtures that will be announced soon.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.