GLOUCESTER will face Magners League champions Ospreys, Irish side Ulster and Bourgoin in the Heineken Cup next season.
Dean Ryan's side were drawn in Pool Two at today's draw at the Millennium Stadium and Gloucester's head coach said: "We have to look at any draw in a positive fashion and we have to be confident we can be competitive against some very good opposition.
"Last season, some of the most significant lessons in our development were experienced in the Heineken Cup against teams like Leinster and Agen, it is a wonderful competition and to be involved is fantastic.
"In recent seasons we have played both Ulster and Bourgoin in the Heineken Cup so we can build on those experiences. It is an environment we want to be competitive in and this group will provide it.
"Ospreys are a tremendous side and I have a lot of respect what they achieved last season, while Ulster and Bourgoin are very difficult to beat home - we will need to be at our best to progress."
The trip to the Ospreys is an attractive looking contest and will pit Gloucester against Welsh stars Gavin Henson and James Hook. Gloucester will play Ulster in a pre-season friendly in August and have already beaten Bourgoin home and away in previous competitions.
Meanwhile, reigning Heineken Cup champions London Wasps will be up against ASM Clermont Auvergne, Llanelli Scarlets and Munster in Pool 5 when the 13th Heineken Cup tournament kicks-off with the Round 1 matches on the weekend of 9 / 10 /11 November, 2007.
The draw kept the top seeds from each of the six nations apart with Wasps, Stade Français Paris, Leinster, Benetton Treviso, Glasgow Warriors and the Ospreys heading up the six Pools of four teams.
HEINEKEN CUP POOLS 2007 / 2008
POOL 1: Benetton Treviso; London Irish; Perpignan; Newport Gwent Dragons
POOL 2: Ospreys; Gloucester Rugby; Bourgoin; Ulster Rugby
POOL 3: Stade Francais Paris; Bristol Rugby; Cardiff Blues; Harlequins
POOL 4: Glasgow Warriors; Saracens; Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque; Viadana
POOL 5: London Wasps; ASM Clermont Auvergne; Llanelli Scarlets; Munster
POOL 6: Leinster; Leicester Tigers; Toulouse; Edinburgh Rugby
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.