Oyonnax is the second biggest town in the Ain department of the Rhone-Alps region in eastern France, about an hour away from both Geneva, across the Swiss border, and Lyon. Residents of the 23,000 strong town are known as Oyonnaxiens, but back row man Joe El Abd refers to them as the 'Mountain Men'.
"I joined from Toulon last season and it is a bit different to the south of France. We're up in the mountains, we get lots of snow in the winter and instead of yachts in the harbour we've got ski lifts a few minutes away from the club," said El Abd.
"We came up as champions last season, leading PRO D2 from the fourth month onwards, and we've made a great start to our first season in the Top 14. We've had three wins at home, against Clermont, Biarritz and Castres, and we lost 16-15 in a very close game against Stade Francais last weekend.
"The fact I've played in both the Amin Challenge Cup and the Heineken Cup before is good because I can pass on some of my knowledge. There aren't many others in the squad with European experience, so this is a great chance for them to put their town on the map and make a name for themselves at the same time.
"We've recruited a few experienced players in the past 18 months - hooker Neil Clark and No 8 Chad Slade from Exeter Chiefs, Damian Browne from Leinster, Guillame Bouses from Racing Metro and the Argentinian outside half Benjamin Urdapiletta from Harlequins - and we are becoming competitive."
That is something of an understatement when you consider they have beaten Heineken Cup finalists ASM Clermont Auvergne 30-19, Amlin Challenge Cup runners-up Biarritz Olympique 24-22 and French champions Castres Olympique 19-9 at their Stade Charles Mathon home. Before they host the Warriors in their European debut they will host Heineken Cup holders Toulon this weekend and travel to Montpellier next month.
"We've had four full houses so far this season for our Top 14 matches and the club built two new tribunes during the summer. We now have a capacity of 11,500 and there are only 23,000 in the town. It is a very special ground to play at and, when it's full, it is jumping," said El Abd.
"We've got two English clubs in our Pool and we start a game against Worcester Warriors. We're just going to go out and play to enjoy it. It is going to be a great occasion every time we play in Europe.
"It has been really exciting being back in the Top 14 this season and I intend to make the most of my next two years here because they will probably be my last as a professional player. I've played in the Amlin Challenge Cup, the European Shield and the Heineken Cup before and it will be great to be back in action in Europe.
"The Heineken Cup is the crème de la crème and is the most exciting competition in which you can play. I'm very much pro-European competition and I want to see it continue in some shape or form because it gives the players the chance to play at the highest level possible."
Former Castres Olympique player and coach Christophe Urios is the man at the helm at Oyonnax. He steered Castres to the European Shield title in 2003 when they beat a Caerphilly team containing a young, try scoring El Abd.
Now Urios is in charge of a squad that contains players from 13 different countries. So far this season they have blended well. Warriors be warned!