After surprising everyone on their way to their best Premiership finish for 20 years, Newcastle's Toby Flood knows the pressure is on this season.
From best opposition player to best dressing-room DJ, Premiership stars such as Danny Care and Jack Nowell give us the lowdown ahead of the new season.
Plenty was sorted out over an enthralling few days but who shone, who had a weekend to forget and what will fans be talking about ahead of a busy period of domestic action?
Tries from Nic White, Olly Woodburn and Don Armand helped Exeter set up a Twickenham date with Saracens with a 36-5 defeat of Newcastle.
The 2017-18 Aviva Premiership semifinals take place with Newcastle looking to emulate champions Exeter by beating the Chiefs and punching their ticket to Twickenham.
Following eight months of intense competition four teams are left battling for silverware in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14, while Castres, Lyon, Toulon and Toulouse target a place in the Top 14 semifinals.
Vereniki Goneva has been named as the Premiership Rugby Player of the Season after a brilliant season in which he helped guide Newcastle Falcons to their first ever playoff appearance.
Following a sun-drenched Saturday of action we now know the make-up of the playoff picture in France and the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership semifinal lineups.
Wasps snuffed out a late Newcastle fightback to end the Falcons' impressive home record with a 39-22 victory and book an Aviva Premiership playoff semifinal at Saracens.
Newcastle host Wasps on Saturday assured of their place in the Aviva Premiership semifinals, and with momentum as they chase a first title in two decades.
Four teams head into the final round of the Aviva Premiership battling for the two remaining Champions Cup places.
Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Ally Hogg has revealed he will join teammate Rob Vickers in hanging up his boots at the end of the season.
Dean Richards has signed a new three-year contract as head coach of Newcastle Falcons after steering them to their best season for two decades.
The PRO14 playoffs are now confirmed and with the Aviva Premiership and French Top 14 facing a dramatic finish next weekend, there is still much to play for with playoff places up for grabs and team eager to book a place in next season's Champions Cup.
Newcastle claimed a dramatic stoppage-time victory at Welford Road to deny Leicester and keep themselves firmly in the Aviva Premiership playoff race.
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Gloucester secured their place in the Challenge Cup final with a comprehensive 33-12 defeat of Newcastle at Kingsholm.
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
Newcastle kept their Aviva Premiership playoff dreams alive with a dramatic 35-30 victory over Sale, whose own hopes of a top-four finish took a hit.
Global insurance brokers Gallagher have been confirmed as new title sponsors of English rugby union's Premiership.
Dean Richards insists he has not given his Newcastle players the hairdryer treatment in the build up to Friday night's crucial clash with Sale at Kingston Park.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Newcastle's Aviva Premiership play-off hopes suffered a setback as Worcester came from behind to stun them 27-13 at Sixways.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
- NEWC19thTRIES SCORED 1st Leinster : 13 Tries ScoredLEINS1st513
- NEWC14thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Leinster : 55 Points DifferenceLEINS1st-1455