The cream of Gloucestershire talent will have more than a potential trip to Twickenham to dream about this year with the hallowed turf of Kingsholm providing providing the venue for a crunch County Championship clash.
Gloucestershire will face Devon - likely to be their strongest opponents in the south west group - at the Cherry and Whites' headquarters on Sunday May 17th.
They kick off their county championship campaign against Somerset at Taunton RFC on May 9th and finish their group games against Cornwall at Cinderford's Dockham Road on May 23rd. All games are likely to kick off at 3pm.
Legendary Gloucester lock Mark Cornwell will take over the coaching reins for the county seniors working alongside Paul Williams who previously coached the squad with Dave Spencer.
The county are also likely to include a number of Gloucester Academy starlets this year thanks to both Academy Manager Cornwell's involvement and the groundwork put in by Nigel Gillingham.
Nigel is delighted at the involvement with Gloucester Rugby:
"I'm new to the role this season and one of the things I was really keen to do was to involve players from the Gloucester and Bristol Academies."
"I met with Mark Cornwell and with Geoff Moon, who was then Academy Manager at Bristol, to talk to them about making players available for the county championship and they were keen."
"After all, it could lead to invaluable experience with the England Counties side and I believe it benefits all parties."
"It's unlikely you are ever going to have current Premiership players involved in the county set up but there's no reason why the Academy lads shouldn't be."
"It's fantastic that Mark Cornwell has agreed to take on the coaching. Having him on board and playing at Kingsholm are major coups for the county."
"It's a big fillip for players getting the chance to play at such a famous Premiership ground. These are very exciting times."
The county coaches have assembled a training squad of around 45 players and Nigel is looking forward to a hugely competitive championships.
"The South West group is the toughest and that's exactly as it should be. It's a real challenge and the winners of it are always going to be favourites for the final. It's fantastic that the Devon game, which could well decide the outcome of the group, is being played at Kingsholm."
"Having Devon and Cornwall at home is the best we could have hoped for. It should be a great championship."
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
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.