Ulster's Craig Gilroy insists Les Kiss' side will travel to France with no fear ahead of their Champions Cup opener with Bordeaux-Begles tomorrow (1pm kick-off). The province once had a dismal away record against teams from the Top14 but have now won on four of their last five trips across the English Channel.
With a winning start in Europe the goal, Gilroy says the side who top the Guinness PRO12 are in a confident mood.
"When I first played over there, we'd never won," said the Irish international wing. "It was a bit of 'is this going to be the first?' every time but now that it's happened, it's a wee bit easier.
"It was a monkey off our backs with beating Castres away a few years ago. Since then we've done it a fair bit and that gives us a lot of confidence but it's not something we'll bank on.
"Bordeaux are a very impressive side and they've won three in a row.
"We need to front up physically more than anything.
European Champions Cup
It's all a work in progress at Bordeaux-Begles. They're not quite at the top table when it comes to mixing with the Top 14's big guns, and they don't possess much at all in the way of a European record, but they are moving towards overturning both issues.
It was the transfer story that caused raised eyebrows throughout the rugby world this week - was Eben Etzebeth really going to sign for Saracens? Playing with an efficiency that would make the West German football teams of the early 1970s nod in appreciation, the Londoners won the double last season with a formidable lock pairing of Maro Itoje and George Kruis but found a hole in their squad thanks to the recent retirement of Alistair Hargreaves.