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."
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.