Meanwhile, the Munster squad landed in Cardiff earlier today, their TNT Airways Boeing 737-300 touching down in gloriously sunny conditions. Highly efficient baggage handling had them quickly dispatched from the terminal and most of the squad were checked into their team hotel, the Vale of Glammorgan, by 1.30pm.
As is the norm, a group of players, Ronan Oâ00Gara, Shaun Payne, Jeremy Manning and Tomas Oâ00Leary went to The Arms Park, to acquaint themselves with the match venue and to get in some kicking practice under the watchful eye of kicking coach Mark Tainton.
Munster captain Paul O'Connell is under no illusions of the size of the task facing his side tomorrow. "Cardiff will be dangerous for a number of reasons, not least the fear if they lose they could be out of Europe. It's a massive game for them.
"They have lots of internationals playing. The experience is there and with home advantage it's bound to weigh things up in their favour. Martyn Williams is in top form and Mike Phillips has been a great signing for them.
"They've got class all over the pitch, so we're under no illusions about how difficult it's going to be."