CONNACHT have sealed contract extensions for lock Michael Swift and three-quarter Tiernan O'Halloran in their ongoing battle for respect.
Their only away win this season came in this competition on day one against Treviso. They can win in Italy. This test would normally hold no fears for them.
But a dozen defeats and a rash of injuries have a way of sucking the energy right out of your legs.
Even the optimistic Eric Elwood sounded crestfallen and disillusioned on New Year's Day.
Aironi were able to win one lose one against Treviso in their Italian back-and-forth over Christmas, and their only win over Irish opposition came in this fixture last season.
Aironi v Connacht, Stadio Zafanella, Tomorrow (KO 3.35 Irish time) Live TG4