Cian Healy, Isa Nacewa, Johnny Sexton and Devin Toner can all equal the record of four European Cup winners' medals, which is jointly held by Cedric Heymans (Toulouse) and Frederic Michalak (Toulouse and Toulon).
"We know we can get better and we feel that we need to get better tomorrow in a lot of areas", he said. Fourth choice because starting fly-half was Pat Lambie injured early on, while Dan Carter and Machenaud were ruled out before the game began.
Asked about the influence of Stuart Lancaster, who departed his role as England coach under a cloud after the nation's abysmal 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign, the Ireland star added: "Stuart Lancaster has been brilliant since he has come in".
Racing 92 made their way into the quarter-final after finishing second behind Munster in the pool stages.
But Sexton says the team will find out on Saturday how good they really are.
Former Munster lock Donnacha Ryan is part of the French side's pack. "The atmosphere was electric and when we ran out to see all the colour, the flags waving, and the noise was off the charts so it was a very special". "I think that's been the big difference". "At our level it is all about details and our discipline was poor in the first half", flanker Yannick Nyanga said.
Pakistan VS Ireland Test: Match Begins Today, First Day was Washed Out
After day one was washed out, Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl on day two against Pakistan and they started brightly. Ireland took two wickets in two balls as their inaugural men's Test finally got going at Malahide on Saturday.
Rhys Ruddock has shaken off a hamstring injury to take his place in the matchday 23 for the first time since the Saracens game.
But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot.
Pat Lambie then sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French worldwide Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise.
Leinster coach Cullen and Racing counterpart Travers are not just fighting it out to lead their sides to glory.
Another Racing offside infringement was sanctioned by Wayne Barnes and winger Nacewa coolly slotted home the winning kick one minute from time.