London Welsh captain Jonathan Mills admits it is an exciting prospect to be preparing for a mouth-watering debut in European competition.
This time last year, the Exiles were set for a home Championship clash against Rotherham. On Saturday, Paris glamour club Stade Francais will be their opponents in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
"It is amazing to be playing in Europe and it is great to be coming up against such a great European team as Stade Francais," Mills said.
"It will be fantastic going to places like Paris and Grenoble and Prato in Italy - quite a difference from places like Rotherham and Doncaster, where we were playing last year.
"It is a big plus for us to start with a home game, and if we can get a result then that will set us up for the rest of the pool stages.
"Winning your home games is crucial, and with just the five group winners qualifying for the quarter-finals we know we will have to pick up some points on the road."
Coach Lyn Jones has rung the changes following a busy period of Premiership action, but Wales international Gavin Henson is retained at fly-half for his second start in Exiles colours.