"It's very difficult when the pools are drawn to know exactly what the quality of the teams are going to be.
"There are normally four or five sides who you know will always be there and thereabouts.
"And you would say that Munster will be one of those. Even though, by their standards, you could argue that they didn't have as strong a season as normal last year, they still made the semi final and were very competitive!
"So they'll be looking to be put in a stronger overall performance this season, so we can expect a couple of fierce encounters.
"And Perpignan are a side who have been in transition over the past few years but, when the quality of their squad speaks for itself really.
"Meanwhile Edinburgh would have bitterly disappointed by their season in 2012-13 but, the season before, they also made the Heineken Cup semi finals. So they're not to be discounted either.
"There's high quality throughout the Heineken Cup. You know what you're going to get when you qualify for the competition and we've been drawn with three quality teams.
"There will be no easy games. It's very important that we make the most of our home games and then see what we can pick up on the road."
Back in 2002-3, when Gloucester took on Munster and Perpignan in the Heineken Cup, Nigel Melville described it as a 'group of passion', and Gloucester's current DoR sees this pool shaping up the same way.
"All the teams will have strong support. Munster, in particular, always have a sizeable away following when they travel. So, we should have some great occasions at Kingsholm.
"But one thing that has stood out for me since I came to Gloucester has been the passion for rugby in the area. We enjoy fantastic support and I think the Heineken Cup will see that taken to another level. They promise to be fantastic occasions.
"And that's what we want. That's why we fought so hard to qualify. We want these big teams, we want these big matches and that's what the Heineken Cup provides."
Earlier this week, Gloucester confirmed their preseason schedule with trips to Toulon and Munster catching the eye. Davies confirmed that scheduling tough fixtures was done deliberately with Heineken Cup participation in mind.
"We want to be competing against the best teams in Europe and we want to be doing it on a regular basis. That's what we had in mind when we scheduled our preseason fixtures.
"We want to test ourselves against the best sides because, when you come up against the best teams, there's no doubt that the physicality, the intensity and the ability goes up a couple of notches. And we have to be able to compete in that environment.
"We've shown in the past that we're capable of competing with the best teams. We now have to be able to do it on a more regular basis if we're to make our mark in both the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup.
"It's an exciting prospect, one we're looking forward to."