Munster coach Rob Penney says that facing European rugby giants was a major factor in choosing to coach the Thomond Park outfit and he can't wait for the Heineken Cup to kick-off.
Penney, formerly the coach of Canterbury, is looking forward to taking on Racing-Metro before Edinburgh and English heavyweights Saracens.
"We play Racing Metro at Stade de France and then Edinburgh at a sold-out Thomond Park - wow!" Penney told Sky Sports.
"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."