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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.