And the Aviva Premiership newboys will head east in high spirits after a superb win at Worcester at the weekend saw them jump to ninth in their domestic table.
"We're not taking Europe lightly. Bucharest is an unknown quantity for us and Brive will be a very difficult side. Travelling to Bucharest, Brive and Calvisano will clock up the miles on the card," said Richards, who is refusing to get carried away with two wins from five fixtures so far this term.
"I'd sooner have five wins. We weren't happy after the Bath result, Leicester away was a difficult game and then we were disappointed with the outcome against Gloucester when we felt we could have had a little bit more.
"I'm happy to a point, but not really! I could be in (Worcester boss) Dean Ryan's shoes and not have many points at all but, at the same time, there were more points to be had that we missed out on.
"I've been pleased more than anything within the contribution of our youngsters. They keep setting the trend within the club and it's the youngsters who are showing the way.
"We had 12 players who've come through the academy. If they hold their place or are called upon later on, then happy days, they've got this experience under their belts.
"You look at the young boys who finished the game against Worcester: I think George McGuigan gets better and better, then there's the likes of Scotty Wilson, Dom Barrow, Will Welch and Mark Wilson, so I'm delighted with what we're producing in the academy."
Newcastle have had to endure plenty of injury worries in the opening month of the new season with Rory Lawson, Tane Tu'ipulotu and now Andrew Higgins forced to retire and a host of other experienced performers still sat on the sidelines.
Former England Saxons back Higgins has this week been pushed out of the sport with a persistent knee injury but Richards should at least welcome back one or two names into his squad for the game against Bucharest or the following weekend's trip to Brive.
"I'm disappointed that Andy has had to retire," added Richards. "He has contributed a lot to the team during his year at the club and I wish him all the very best for the future.
"We've had a lot of injuries over the last few weeks and we're just starting to get some boys back. We've got eight who are injured and two who have had to retire.
"We've got a lot of guys coming back and the fact that we've afforded a lot of youngsters opportunities over the last few weeks will stand us in good stead going forward.
"A couple of those guys will come back in the Amlin Challenge Cup. Hopefully, they'll get a bit of game time, which will then give some of the other guys some respite."