The home side are also shorn of their stars with eight involved in yesterday's game in Twickenham but Munster's strength in depth faces the greater examination and today's game does present opportunities for those whose names might be that familiar to Munster supporters.
In that context, Scott Deasy, even though not long past his 22nd birthday, is something of a veteran with five starts to date in the jersey he fills today, but the 22 year old second rows, Ian Nagle and Dave Foley have amassed just seven caps between them yet great things are expected of them.
Darragh Hurley gets the nod over Wian du Preez with Stephen Archer on thre tight-head side and the experienced Damien Varley in between while there's another pair of young veterans in the back row, Billy Holland and Tommy O'Donnell with the wily Dolphin man James Coughlan to mind them and lock the scrum.
Treviso have an admirable home record. Their victims at the Satde Comunale include, among others, Leinster and Connacht, and their supporters here in Treviso admit that the scalp they covet most is Munster's.
Despite the absence of their leading lights, they fancy their chances in this one and Munster need a near flawless performance if they're to upset the expectations of the home crowd.
Munster: S Deasy; D Howlett capt, T Gleeson, L Mafi, S Zebo; P Warwick, D Williams; D Hurley, D Varley, S Archer; I Nagle, D Foley; B Holland, T O'Donnell, J Coughlan. Replacements: M Sherry, W du Preez, P Borlase, M O'Driscoll, D Ryan, C Sheridan, S Tuitupou, D Hurley.
Benetton Treviso: B Williams; L Nitoglia, E Galon, A Pratichetti, M Sepe; W De Waal, T Botes; M Rizzo, F Sbaraglini, L Cittadini; Antonio Pavanello capt, C van Zyl; B Vermaak, G Padro, M Fillipucci. Replacements: E Ceccato, M Muccignat, P Di Santo, I Fernandez Rouyet, Enrico Pavanello, T Benvenuti, B De Jager, A Marcato.
Referee: James Jones (WRU).