Bob Casey cannot wait to go "home" - and try and put the skids under the reigning Heineken Cup champions when he captains London Irish against Leinster at the RDS on the opening night of the 15th season of European club rugby's elite tournament.
The Exiles, the 2008 semi-finalists, are back in the top flight and have been presented with the opportunity of immediately going under the spotlight at the home of the champions.
"It's great for me to go back and play against my old club in my home town," said Casey.
"But it's also brilliant for the club to get an Irish province. It'll increase the profile of the club; the fans will love it and we will get a good gate so it is great for the club that we not only drew a top Irish province but also the Heineken Cup champions.
"Naturally there has been plenty of banter already and I'm sure there will be a lot more in the lead up to the game in Dublin."
The Exiles beat Leinster in a pre-season friendly at Donnybrook but Casey knows that Leo Cullen and his team will be a totally different proposition come Friday's showdown.
"I know Leo really well - we roomed together in school so we're good mates - and he has been fantastic for Leinster," said Casey.
"I think there has been a big difference with him and Shane Jennings going back there and I think they have really improved the
Leinster set-up. They certainly deserved to win the Heineken Cup - and they did it the hard way.
"They had to go away in the quarter-final, they had to play the Heineken Cup holders in the semi-final at Croke Park and then they were away in Scotland against the English champions. They thoroughly deserved it and they'll be a big challenge for us.
"And it is great to know that you can win big things playing that way, an entertaining, running style of rugby. But you've got to remember that Leinster's defence is probably what won them the Heineken Cup. They've got a phenomenal defence.
"They've got such a good work ethic and such a good team spirit - that's what won it for them and that's what we base our game around.
"We had the best defence in the Premiership last year and, if we're going to win things, our defence is going to have to be the same, if not better than last season.
"Because there has never been an easy Heineken Cup group and this one is pretty much as hard as it can get.
"You've got the Heineken Cup Champions with five British & Irish Lions in their squad and so many other internationals. Then you've got the Scarlets, who have been one of the strongest Heineken Cup teams from Wales since the tournament started.
"Finally you've got Brive, who have recruited unbelievably well over the summer and have a load of internationals as well, so it will be very hard to travel and win in Brive.
"Not being in the Heineken Cup last season was an absolute killer for us. It is the premier competition in European rugby and, put it this way, we most certainly did not like watching it so we are delighted to be back in and we feel we're in good shape to compete.
"Consistency is what we've been striving for, and we're getting there. I think last year our win ratio was pretty good and this year it is going to have to be better.
"We've had a lot of experiences of big games - and not all of them have been happy experiences - so at some stage you've got to put those experiences to use and start winning things and that semi-final defeat two years ago will stand us in good stead."
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