Gloucester Rugby will kick off their 2009-10 Heineken Cup campaign with a home fixture against the Newport Gwent Dragons followed by a trip to the South West of France to take on Biarritz Olympique.
The Dragons will be visitors to Kingsholm on Friday October 9th (kick off 8pm) before Gloucester travel to France for the first game against Biarritz which will take place on Saturday October 17th.
Phase two of the Heineken Cup will be over the second and third weeks of December with a double header against the Glasgow Warriors with the away fixture at Firhill on Saturday December 11th and the return at Kingsholm on Sunday December 20th.
Details of rounds five and six will be confirmed once the first four rounds have been completed.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.