Winger Matt Jess believes the competition for places that exists within the Exeter Chiefs squad will drive standards up to a whole new level this season.
The Chiefs kick-off their Aviva Premiership campaign this weekend when they make the trip to face Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens (3pm).
It's certainly a daunting first-day fixture for the Devon club, but Jess says the recruitment made by head coach Rob Baxter during the close season has given real belief within the Exeter camp that they can once again be a force to be reckoned with in English rugby's top flight.
Having put in the hard yards off the field during a gruelling pre-season programme, it's on-field matters that take centre stage for the Exeter Chiefs tomorrow as the countdown to the new season edges ever closer.
Australian Dean Mumm admits he is "honoured" to have been named the new Exeter Chiefs captain for the 2013/14 season.
Head coach Rob Baxter confirmed today that the 29-year-old, who joined the Devon club last season from Aussie Super 15 outfit Waratahs, will take over the duties from fellow forward Tom Hayes.
Irishman Hayes has been skipper of the Chiefs for all three seasons in English rugby's top flight - and he was also the man who led Exeter to the Championship title in 2010 when they overcame Bristol at the Memorial Stadium.
Ricky Pellow believes the standard of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s is rising each year and is expecting another top tournament when it officially gets underway this Thursday at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium.
The Exeter Chiefs skills coach will again be in charge of the Devon club as they take part in the opening round of the competition against hosts Gloucester, Bath and Worcester Warriors.
Exeter Braves will kick-off the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership A League programme with a home encounter against Saracens on Monday 9 September (7.30pm), writes Mark Stevens.
Having conceded the A League crown to Harlequins last season, the Braves will be hoping the fact three of their five scheduled South Group fixtures will take place at Sandy Park will play into their favour.
Exeter Chiefs will entertain reigning LV= Cup holders Harlequins in their opening game of the 2013/14 competition.
The Londoners, who lifted the title by beating Sale Sharks at Sixways last season, will visit Sandy Park on Saturday, 9 November (3pm), The Chiefs will then travel to old adversaries Bath for a televised encounter on Sunday, November 17 (3pm) – the first of three scheduled encounters between the two clubs next term.
Premiership Rugby has today confirmed that the Saracens versus Exeter Chiefs game, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday 22 February will now be played 24 hours later following a request from the home club.
That means the Chiefs will make the trip to Allianz Park on Sunday 23 February with a 3pm kick-off.
Saracens have also confirmed similar changes for their home games against Newcastle Falcons and London Irish.
All matches from rounds one to seven are confirmed but the rest of the season is subject to change.