Plotting a route for the Sale game in Stockport on Sunday October 19 shouldnâ00t be too difficult because Munster played there in the 2005-06 season, so itâ00s just a matter of retracing old tracks.
And the second visit to Montferrand for the eagerly-awaited Clermont Auvergne tie on Sunday December 7 is simply a repeat of last seasonâ00s adventure.
Still, Munster supporters could be forgiven for thinking someoneâ00s out to get them after being handed two more away Sunday games, especially the trip to France.
Oh those Monday morning blues!
Overall, though, Munster will be satisfied with the programming, starting at home to newcomers Montauban and concluding with the return game over there.
The norm has been for Munster to begin on the road and wrap up matters at home, but not this time.
It happened in the 2004-05 season as well, when Munster set-out with a home tie against Harlequins and finished up by playing them at Twickenham, qualifying for an away quarter-final to Biarritz in San Sebastian.
New coach Tony McGahan is excited about the opening game against Chabal and company which will revive memories of Munsterâ00s 31-9 victory in 2006.
â00Itâ00s going to be our first home game on a Friday night and a new-look Thomond Park will be a new experience for everybody involved, players, management and supporters.
â00I'm sure everyone will want to leave an imprint that night,â0 he said.
McGahan admitted the away fixtures wonâ00t suit the travelling red army.
â00Two Sunday games wouldn't be the preferred choice, but it's something that's out of our control.
â00Our supporters' preference would be for Saturday, but that's not the case.
â00Getting home to work on Monday from a Sunday game in France presents a lot of hassle for our fans.
â00Yet, their willingness and eagerness to support the team and the Munster brand never ceases to amaze and I'm sure they will find a way to be there.
â00Overall we're more than happy to go along with the ERC schedule.â0
Sale and Clermont will be familiar opponents, but Montauban are an unknown quantity at this stage.
As always, though, there will be no easy games and qualification for a record 11^th consecutive quarter-final is sure to be another roller-coaster ride.
â00Sale have recruited well and they're a progressive club, while Clermont are very well organised and very well coached. We know their strengths as they probably know ours.
â00People said they showed disrespect to Munster and the Heineken Cup last season at Thomond Park (they fielded well below full-strength), but I don't believe that was the case.
â00They've to juggle with a long Top 14 season in France and I know their coach Vern Cotter has great respect for both Munster and the tournament itself.
â00It's probably safe to say Clermont will have a stronger team for their next visit to Thomond.
â00Travelling to Montauban is going to be a different experience for us.
â00They've had two solid seasons in the Top 14 and kicked on from there to fully deserve their place in the Heineken Cup,â0 McGahan concluded.
Thatâ00s pencilled in for the weekend of January 23-25. Details wonâ00t be known until later in the year, but whatâ00s the betting on it being a Sunday fixture?