Gloucester Rugby will kick off their 2009-10 Guinness Premiership season with a mouth watering home fixture against local rivals Bath Rugby.
It's always a fixture to whet the appetite and a cracking way to kick start the Guinness Premiership season at Kingsholm.
The two teams will, of course, have met in preseason at Kingsholm for the joint Andy Hazell/ Lee Mears Testimonial match but the opening weekend will see the action proper start with both sides fielding much revamped squads for the new season.
The fixtures at this stage, available at www.guinnesspremiership.com, are all subject to change with Sky yet to select their live matches for example.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
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.