Gone are the days when complacency had any part to play when an Italian side visited and tomorrow, the strongest of the Italians clubs, Benetton Treviso arrive in Thomond Park Stadium determined to continue their good League form.
They sit in sixth place in the Magners League table on 12 points just six off the pace and already have claimed the scalps of Leinster, Scarlets and their fellow Italians Aironi Rugby.
They also came within minutes of causing the upset of the century when they led Leicester Tigers in the recent Heineken Cup game at Stadio de Monigo and their away form stands up too when you consider they gave Ospreys a run for their money before running out of steam at The Liberty Stadium.
Munster supporters will doubtless recall the last visit the Italians made to Limerick around this time last year when they raced into a ten point lead and it required a last gasp Doug Howlett tackle to prevent a third try in that opening half.
Brendan Williams and Andrew Vilk were the try scorers that day and they are just two of a handful of non-internationals included in the visiting side dominated by those who have worn the Italian jersey.
Munster have given a well earned rest to Denis Leamy and Niall Ronan, both omitted from the match day squad, Marcus Horan misses out through injury, while Donncha O'Callaghan, Tony Buckley and Paul Warwick may get a run from the bench.
Leamy is replaced by James Coughlan, David Wallace continues where he left off against Toulon and there's a first Magners start of the season at full-back for Scott Deasy.
Munster: Scott Deasy; Doug Howlett, Keith Earls, Johne Murphy, Denis Hurley; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Wian du Preez, Damien Varley, John Hayes; Mick O'Driscoll, Donnacha Ryan; Alan Quinlan, David Wallace, James Coughlan. Replacements: Mick Sherry, Darragh Hurley, Tony Buckley, Donncha O'Callaghan, Peter O'Mahony, Duncan Williams, Paul Warwick, Ivan Dineen.
Benetton Treviso: Brendan Williams; Ludovico Nitoglia, Ezio Galon, Andrew Vilk, Benjamin De Jager; Kristopher Burton, Fabio Semenzato; Franco Sbaraglini, Leonardo Ghiraldini capt, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet; Enrico Pavanello, Valerio Bernabò; Francesco Minto, Benjamin Vermaak, Robert Barbieri. Replacements: Enrico Ceccato, Augusto Allori, Pedro Di Santo, Antonio Pavanello, Marco Filippucci, Tommaso Benvenuti, Tobias Botes, Simon Picone