Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter is relishing the prospect of leading his side into arguably the toughest five-match schedule in their history.
The Chiefs' gruelling four-week programme kicks off against Saracens at home on Sunday. After that they play Leicester at home before travelling to Premiership champions Harlequins.
And after that, they start their Heineken Cup campaign against defending champions Leinster which is followed by a clash with Top 14 heavyweights Clermont Auvergne.
"This batch of fixtures is why the players worked so hard in the Championship and why they have worked so hard to stay in the Premiership," Baxter told Press Asscoiation Sport.
"To be able to play Saracens, Leicester, Harlequins, Leinster and Clermont - they are dream fixtures. Ideally, you would not want them one after another.
"But they are the fixtures that if you want to be a top-class Premiership player these are the games which if you thrive in those environments not only will you come out as a better player, but you start to appreciate the calibre of player you are."