As its title suggests, the cast of 'Asterix and the Picts' includes a number of hairy and fearless Scotsmen. It should do well in Castres.
For on the evidence of last Saturday, the people of the Midi-Pyrenees town have already taken a shine to the hairy and fearless Scotsman who turned up in their midst just a couple of months ago. Richie Gray might not have been able to string two words of French when he arrived - and even now, he admits that two words is just about his limit - but he plays the kind of rugby they warm to in these parts.
French fans are so fiercely parochial they make their Welsh counterparts look almost worldly at times. And when things start to go wrong, it is usually the foreigners who get it in the neck for showing less than wholehearted commitment to le terroir.
But the cries of "Ree-shay, Ree-shay" that echoed round the Stade Pierre Antoine as Castres beat Northampton 19-13 on Saturday suggested that Gray should have few worries on that score.
"Everyone in the town has been very warm towards me," smiled the man whose windswept peroxide thatch makes him one of the most easily recognisable figures in the game. "Everyone has helped me out and helped me to settle into the new environment. The fans have been fantastic. So it's going very well here. Everyone was really welcoming and I'm very happy at the club. We've had some decent results and it was great to get off to a good start in the Heineken Cup. So yeah, it's all good."
The noble second-row service provided to Castres by Scott Murray may have aided Gray's acceptance, but he is now making a name on his own account, slotting in superbly to a pack that has the ability to out-muscle just about any side in Europe at the moment. Their brute strength confounded Northampton - no lightweights themselves - and Leinster are now next on the bill for Gray and his new coequipiers.
Yet the odds in what should be a titanic and fascinatingly close encounter are tilted heavily in Leinster's favour by the simple fact that Saturday's game is being played in Dublin. As formidable as Castres might have been on their own patch down the years, their away results in the Heineken Cup have suggested an enthusiasm for the rest of Europe right up there with Nigel Farage's.
In 28 away matches in the Heineken Cup, they have won just four times, and two of those were in their run to the semi-finals in 2001-02 when a certain Gregor Townsend was pulling the strings for them at fly-half. It is a familiar story in the French Top 14 championship this season as well, where they managed to lose away to strugglers Oyonnax before downing the mighty Toulon back at Pierre Antoine the following weekend.
"I honestly couldn't tell you why it works that way," said Gray. "I look forward to playing away from home just the same as I do playing here, but it is very difficult. I can't put my finger on why it happens.
"But we know it has to change in the Heineken Cup. It has to. From our point of view, we are really looking forward to having a crack at Leinster. Obviously, they've done very well in Europe, but we go there with nothing to lose."
When Gray first visited Castres a few months ago for his medical, the club took him in hand and showed him a few properties. Settled in a flat in the centre of town, he is happy with his lot and praises the efforts that have been made by club officials and teammates to help him settle in.
"All the guys here are very close and they made me feel very welcome," the 24-year-old lock smiled. "The club did a fantastic job at integrating me as well. From my point of view it has been relatively easy, and I'm very thankful for that.
"It's a small place [population 45,000] and it's very different to what I'm used to, but I've settled in pretty well and I'm enjoying it.
"Obviously, Max Evans is here as well, so it was great just to have someone to talk to when I arrived. It's pretty strange to come to a place where there is a new language and new faces, so just having one person you know there is really good.
"My French was non-existent when I got here. Completely, not a word. But I'm trying and I'm learning slowly. The club put on classes and I'm doing some stuff in my own time as well. It's slow, but I'm making progress."
Gray made a 10-minute cameo appearance for the Lions in their 41-16 rout of the Wallabies in the final Test of their series, and no doubt he will be back in Scotland for next month's autumn Test series as well, but the emergence of his younger brother Jonny, still just 19, for Glasgow recently has only heightened his interest in the club he left - for Sale, initially - last year.
"It's been great to see what they've been doing," he admitted. "I managed to catch their first two games of the season, against Cardiff and Ulster, and it was very impressive. The way they came back against Ulster was incredible. I've been absolutely delighted for them.
"And Jonny has done really well. He's worked so hard on his game down the years and it's great to see him get the rewards. He was actually the first of us to take up rugby and he has always been really keen. He's taken his chance really well."