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
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
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.