Worcester will emerge from cold storage tomorrow - and they are ready to blow hot on the trail towards a European Challenge Cup quarter-final place.
The Warriors have not played since claiming a 16-16 draw at Newcastle on December 27.
Successive postponed Guinness Premiership games against Sale Sharks and Harlequins caused the three-week break, but Worcester now belatedly launch 2009 with a Pool Three clash with Sixways visitors Bucuresti.
Victory over the Romanian champions would be enough to guarantee a last-eight spot one game inside the distance if closest rivals Bourgoin are beaten by Italian side Petrarca tomorrow.
But Worcester, last season's beaten Challenge Cup finalists, should still make certain a week later, when they entertain Petrarca.
Warriors rugby director Mike Ruddock said: "Not having played since December 27 could be either a good or a bad thing.
"On the plus side we have avoided any injuries, but on the down side it means we could be short of match practice, and that could count against us on the day.
"But it is an extremely long season with a lot of high-speed contact, and when you are coming up against a side as physical as Bucuresti, any extra recovery time beforehand will help."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.