EVERYTHING about Exmouth is going to be bigger this season as the Cockles embark on their first season in National Two South.
Exmouth won promotion via the play-offs last season thanks to a thrilling 21-20 win over Dorking at the Imperial Ground.
The prize was level-four rugby this term – something no other Devon club has achieved via promotion before.
Plymouth Albion and Exeter Chiefs were level four clubs in their time, but only because they shuttled up and down the lower tiers of the National League set up during the 1980s.
Exmouth are in virgin territory as far as Devon rugby is concerned.
With nothing other than their wits and the experiences of head coach Jon Hill to guide them, the learning curve is going to be steep.
Ahead lie some big trips – Cambridge and nearby Shelford, Southend, Canterbury and Ampthill – and some big hits from some big boys when they get there.
With a bigger fixture list than last season – two more clubs mean four more fixtures – Exmouth need a bigger squad to get through the campaign.
Saturdays off are negligible and any player thinking of a week skiing in January or February may have to think again.
It's big boys' rugby all right, which means that a big dose of commitment from the players is required.
"Anyone who doesn't make training twice a week is very unlikely to be selected on Saturday afternoon," said Hill.
This Saturday it is Chinnor at home for Exmouth, one of the few clubs they have met before, having crossed paths in South West One West and National Three South West on the way up the ladder.
The side Hill will put out will show a number of changes to the one that beat Dorking due to the rebuilding that went on during the close season.
"Our hooker, a second row, No. 8, scrum-half and fly-half have all gone – and that is the spine of the side which needed to be replaced," said Hill.
"We have been fortunate that most of our key signings this summer have found us, rather than the other way around.
"I had hoped the prospect of National Two rugby would attract ambitious players in the area to the club and that seems to have been the case.
"Also, we have been lucky that some very experienced ex-professionals such as Chris Bentley and Richard Bolt have joined us.
"They bring an excellent level of preparation because of their background."
Replacing play-maker Andrew Powell at fly-half was one of the top jobs on Hill's agenda at the start of the close season.
Rob Avery-Wright, the England Counties under-20s No. 10, was the first signing of the summer.
Former Crediton youngster Avery-Wright has big boots to fill, but Hill is confident he is up to the task.
"Andrew Powell was probably the best fly-half outside the Premiership last season, certainly in terms of his running game," said Hill.
"Rob is a different player with a different skill set but also very talented.
"Tactically, Rob is very aware and his kicking success rate is around the 90 per cent rate in pre-season. I am sure he will do fine."
As Avery-Wright is effectively the only first XV fly-half at the Imperial Ground at the start of the season, Exmouth have to hope he stays injury free.
Recruiting certainly has not been an issue for the Cockles as the lure of National Two has attracted players from far and wide.
Having lost influential hooker Mike Wilson at the end of last season, Exmouth have acquired Tom Emery from UWIC.
Sidmouth pair Ollie Pyne and Sam Meadham have also been training with Exmouth and No. 8 Pyne has signed on the dotted line.
Only last week Exmouth added ex-Newton Abbot centre Sam Jones to the roster.
The list of signings is not endless, but it is certainly extensive.
Hill generally speaks his mind on most issues, but he is not about to make himself a hostage to fortune either.
As far as targets are concerned for the team, he is not setting any – certainly not in public at least.
"You can ask, but I have nothing to say," said Hill. "As you can imagine, our home games are massively important to us and we will be looking to win as many as we can."