Leicester great Martin Corry expects international call-ups to stretch the Tigers like never before as the bleak financial climate bites at Welford Road.
Corry, who will be a regular in the stands after retiring last season, predicts his former team-mates' appetite for silverware will have been whetted by winning the Guinness Premiership title.
Only a 19-16 defeat by Leinster in the Heineken Cup final at Murrayfield prevented them from completing a precious European and domestic double.
But while Leicester will be determined to build on last season's achievements, Corry fears they will really suffer during the international autumn and RBS 6 Nations.
"The players at Leicester are experienced and have tasted success from winning the Premiership," said the former England captain and back row.
"That taste makes you greedy and want more success. As long as that's the case they'll be very driven.
"But the state of the economy has left every club feeling the pinch and it will be a much harder challenge this season.
"With the freezing of the salary cap it means there's even more pressure on directors of rugby and coaches to manage their squad.
"Leicester have reduced the squad a bit because of the salary cap and that will bite during the autumn internationals and Six Nations.
"Successful squads with a high proportion of British players really feel it during international weeks, and Leicester are at the forefront of that.
"Leicester have always had call-ups but with the squad being reduced it will be harder than before.
"For them to play and function in Europe and the Premiership is going to be very tough during those periods."