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 GRTV after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of his delight in securing a 28-6 win over Harlequins at Kingsholm. He hailed the home side's defence which they were quick to turn into attack.
Speaking to the local media, Bill Meakes this week explained how he was relishing the challenge against Harlequins at Kingsholm, and that he is enjoying the opportunity to develop his game time, and repaying the faith from the Cherry and White coaches
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.