New Munster coach Rob Penney admits he is excited at the prospect of his first Heineken Cup campaign.
Kiwi Penney, formerly the coach of Canterbury Crusaders, will pit his wits against Racing Metro counterpart Gonzalo Queseda first, then Edinburgh's Michael Bradley followed by Mark McCall of Saracens.
"We play Racing Metro at Stade de France and then Edinburgh at a sold-out Thomond Park - wow!" said Penney.
"Being able to coach in the Heineken Cup was one of the major attractions of coming to Munster. It is the best club rugby tournament in the world game.
"It allows you to pit yourself against some of the best coaches around and the wealth and depth of talent available to the clubs is incredible. There is so much passion associated with the competition and I can't wait to get going.
"It's a tough Pool with a difficult start. I'm not looking at the topsy-turvey start that Racing Metro have made to their Top 14 campaign - they will be more dangerous because of their unpredictability.
"When the big games come along their big name players start firing - and they've got a lot of them."