LEINSTER will begin their bid to make an instant impact in the newly formed European Rugby Champions Cup at home to London Wasps in Pool 2 at The RDS on Sunday, October 19.
The three-time European Cup champions paid the price for a sluggish start to last year's Heineken Cup campaign, culminating in a Round Four loss to Northampton Saints at The Aviva Stadium.
It was their inability to harvest bonus points that ultimately led to a hellish trip to play holders Toulon for the quarter-final in the south of France.
They need to start convincingly against the Premiership club ahead of a very difficult away date at Castres Olympique seven days later in Round Two before back-to-back fixtures against Conor O'Shea's Harlequins.
The Guinness PRO12 holders will host the 2012 English champions at The Aviva Stadium on the first weekend in December.
In fact, there will be three Irish-English contests in the First Round with Munster making the cross-channel flight to battle it out with Sale Sharks in Pool 1.
Ulster will be shouldered with the biggest test, at least on paper, when they travel to Leicester Tigers' hostile Welford Road in Pool 3 for what looks set to be the tie of the opening round.
The mighty Toulon will start their drive for an unprecedented third consecutive top-flight European crown by hosting The Scarlets in Pool 3, rightfully tagged as 'The Group of Death'.