The Stade Marcel-Deflandre may be preparing for its first ever Champions Cup contest this Sunday, but Ulster's travelling party will already be wholly aware of the experience that awaits them in La Rochelle.
Ulster know they will have to do without skipper Rory Best for their crunch Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle on Sunday (3.15pm kick-off), but can at least welcome his deputy Chris Henry back into the fold.
Irish eyes may have been smiling after the draw for the World Cup play-offs, but there was raised eyebrows when FIFA announced Northern Ireland in both English and Irish - something the game's governing body now admits was a mistake.
Keith Farmer finally got across the line to be crowned 2017 British Supersport Champion after finishing fifth in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch and immediately paid an emotional tribute to his inspiration.
When the US Navy arrived in Londonderry during World War II and turned it into their first naval base in Europe, marines were issued with a phrasebook to help them deal with the peculiarities of the local parlance.