Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson is looking forward to his side's tough start to the season as they seek to build on the best campaign in their history.
Edinburgh will play European champions Munster in their first match of the new Celtic League season at Murrayfield on September 6.
Robinson, who joined Scotland's coaching staff for the summer Tests in Argentina, is seeking to improve on fourth place last year.
That effort will begin against the Irish province in their first competitive match since they were crowned European champions in May – ahead of a second game away to Leinster.
Robinson believes the exacting pre-season matches against English champions Wasps and European Challenge Cup holders Bath will be ideal preparation for the Munster clash.
The former Lions coach said: “In our warm-up matches we will be facing the English champions and the European Challenge Cup champions.
“Then our opening two competitive matches will be against the European champions and the Celtic League champions (Leinster), so we fully understand the task ahead.
“We have been handed a tough start, but it will give the players an early opportunity to measure how far we have progressed over the course of the summer programme."