Loosehead prop Alex Corbisiero in action against New Zealand last autumn
England prop Alex Corbisiero admits he can't wait for the new campaign to get underway after the fixtures for the English domestic season were announced.
Corbisiero made five appearances for the British & Irish Lions on last summer's tour of Australia and scored the first try in the decisive third Test, but his first season at Northampton Saints was disrupted by injury.
The 25-year-old made just seven league appearances for the English champions after suffering knee ligament damage on England duty in November which ruled him out of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations and kept him on the sidelines until May.
And after returning to play a part in the Premiership final and missing England's trip to New Zealand Corbisiero is looking forward to being back on the pitch when Northampton kick their season off against Gloucester.
"It was awesome to win the Premiership, after coming back from injury fresh and on a high," he said. "I've had a bit of time off to feel rested and ready to go.
"I feel good, I was getting back to playing a handful of games at the end of the season and I'm pretty happy with where I am right now.
"(Gloucester) is massively exciting, us against their set piece is always going to be a challenge and you always want to take teams on.
"I am sure they will come with the mentality of wanting to prove something but we back ourselves at home in front of Franklin's Gardens, that's where you want to be."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.