Munster can edge ever closer to that coveted play off place if they can make the most of their game in hand encounter with Aironi at the Stadio Zaffanella this afternoon (kick-off 3pm local time).
As things stand they're two points clear of third placed Ospreys, and four points ahead of fourth placed Glasgow Warriors and with Connacht away and Leinster (home) to follow, today's outcome is all the more important.
Coach Tony McGahan has used his resources shrewdly thorughout this RaboDirect PRO12 campaign and yet again shuffles the deck making eight chaanges from last weekend.
Two of those are forced on him by the injury to Dave Foley (shoulder) and the call up to the international side for Tomas O'Leary and perhaps the most eyre catching change is that of Scott Deasy at fly-half ahead of Ian Keatley.
McGahan retains the centre partnership of Save Tokula and Lifeimi Mafi and not surprisingly perhaps Simon Zebo comes back into the side – he wasn't available last weekend, and again not surprisingly, Denis Hurley starts ahead of Luke O'Dea.
Up front there's the now usual rotation between Marcus Horan and Wian du Preez. Mike Sherry starts his first game since September, Billy Holland partners skipper Mick O'Driscoll and Paddy Butler gets the nod at number 8 with James Coughlan, who travelled with the squad, being given a well deserved rest.
The particularly cheering name to see listed among the replacements is that of David Wallace who's back after recovering from a knee injury and alongside him will be Ian Nagle and Academy player Cathal Sheridan.
Munster: F Jones; D Hurley, S Tokula, L Mafi, S Zebo; S Deasy, D Williams; W du Preez, M Sherry, S Archer; B Holland, M O’Driscoll (capt); Dave O’Callaghan, T O’Donnell, P Butler. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, BJ Botha, I Nagle, D Wallace, C Sheridan, I Keatley, L O’Dea.
Aironi: T Tebaldi; R Pavan, M Pratichetti, G Pizarro, S Sinoti; L Orquera, T Keats; J Sole, N Cattina, F Ferrarini; C Del Fava, G Biagi; L Romano, R Santamaria, M Aguero. Replacements: F Ongaro, A De Marchi, S Perugini, F Cazzola, E Caffini, G Bronzini, N Olivier, A Benettin.
Referee: D Wilkinson (IRFU).