Munster will launch their bid for a third European title in four seasons tomorrow night - but Murrayfield next May could not be further away from coach Tony McGahan's mind.
The Irish giants could match the achievements of fellow Heineken Cup heavyweights Toulouse and Leicester this term.
Toulouse are solitary three-time European champions, while only Leicester have successfully defended the Heineken Cup, backing up their 2001 triumph with a controversial victory over Munster in Cardiff 12 months later.
Munster are strongly fancied to make it to Edinburgh, which stages its second final following an all-French affair between Toulouse and Stade Francais in 2005.
McGahan, though, is concentrating purely and simply on Munster's qualifying pool, which sees Clermont Auvergne, Sale Sharks and tournament newcomers Montauban alongside them on the starting grid.
Holders Munster are no strangers to demanding groups - they were bracketed with Clermont, Wasps and the Scarlets a year ago, and still finished top despite losing their opening game.
Montauban are first up tomorrow at an expanded 26,000-capacity Thomond Park, and McGahan, who succeeded new Ireland boss Declan Kidney in the Munster hot-seat this summer, knows it must be one job at a time.
He said: "History has shown that it is more difficult to defend the Heineken Cup than it is to win it in the first place.
"So far, only Leicester have managed back-to-win wins. And if you look any further forward than the group stages, then you do that at your peril.
"Once again, we are in a really tough pool, and initially we will split the fixtures up into three blocks of two each, and then break those down to one game at a time and plan our preparations match by match.
"As to how I want my team to approach the game, while I am a big advocate of playing positive rugby, at the same time I want a side capable of factoring in the relevant conditions and strengths of the opposition.
"Part one is to play in a positive way, but part two is to also take on board those other elements - I guess you could call it mix and match."
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