Gloucestershire head into Saturday's Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Lancashire at Twickenham (kick-off 12pm) hoping to win back the illustrious county title for the first time in seven years.
Mark Cornwell's side have been reinvigorated since his appointment as Head Coach this season, and that has seen them sweep aside the opposition in the South to book their place in the final. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall have all been Gloucestershire's casualties.
Cornwell, Academy Coach at Guinness Premiership side Gloucester and former Gloucester player, said:
"The players have done everything I have asked of them this season. I told them at the start of the season I wasn't doing this for fun, I was doing this to get to the final, and they have responded. We have put in some good performances, and I am pleased with the squad and what we have achieved so far."
Traditionally finals in the Bill Beaumont Cup have always been close affairs and this one looks like it won't be any different with Lancashire also on fire having cemented their place in the final with an impressive 80-12 demolition of Northumberland last weekend.
"To be honest I know very little about Lancashire," added Cornwell.
"Looking at their results they have won their games well, but that doesn't tell you a lot about them. They might be a really strong side, or they might have had a weaker pool than us."
"Either way, the final is the next hurdle and that's what we have got to overcome. The players need to make the next step now and I am sure they will."
If Gloucestershire can come home victors they will also secure an impressive 18th county title as well as complete a county winning double, with the Under-20s side having already won their final.
"To win at Twickenham would be a fantastic achievement. For the committee winning an 18th title, equalling Lancashire's record and doing the double, would mean a lot but for me at the moment I'm not thinking about past results."
"My priority is getting this squad ready for Saturday's game. Preparations are going well, we have a fully fit squad and more players available so we are feeling confident."
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby kick off their Aviva Premiership campaign at Northampton Saints on Friday evening, and then return home to entertain the same opponent in the A League at Kingsholm on Monday September 8th.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.