Conditions at the Stadio di Monigo will be perfect this afternoon when Munster take on Benetton Treviso in the RaboDirect PRO12
The squad went through their pre-match routines in their hotel grounds in brilliant sunshine that is set to remain for the rest of the day.
Like his Italian counterpart Tony McGahan has a few players back from international duty although Franco Smith's number is five while McGahan has three, Ronan O'Gara, Peter O'Mahony and Donnacha Ryan.
There is a youthful hue to McGahan's selection with Danny Barnes restored to the outside centre berth with Simon Zebo outside him and two more of the 'next generation' player Peter O'Mahony and Dave O'Callaghan on either side of the back-row.
Particular good news is the presence on the bench of Felix Jones whose first piece of action since last August came last weekend for Shannon and it's to be expected that Jones will get some game time later today.
Cardiff's win last night saw them jump ahead to fourth spot in the table but a win this afternoon can see Munster move back up to third.
It'll be no easy task, they lost here last year and this is their first game in a month. But if they can shake off ring rustiness early on they have the experience and youthful exuberance to win a tight game.
Munster: D Hurley; J Murphy, D Barnes, L Mafi, S Zebo; R O'Gara, T O'Leary; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D Ryan, M O'Driscoll (capt); Dave O'Callaghan, P O'Mahony J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, B. Holland, T O'Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, F Jones.
Benetton Treviso: L Nitoglia; T Iannone, E Galon, A Sgarbi, B Williams; W De Waal, F Semenzato; M Muccignat, F Sbaraglini, P Di Santo; A Pavanello (capt) C van Zyl; P Derbyshire, B Vermaak, M Filipucci. Replacements: E Ceccato, A Allori, I Fernandez Rouyet, V Bernabò, G Padrò, G Garcia, E Gori, A Di Bernardo.
Referee: N Hennessy (Wales).