Leinster and Connacht collide in a tasty pre-Christmas interprovincial cracker, with the hosts looking to avenge their defeat from earlier in the season and the westerners aiming to win in Dublin for the first time in 12 years.
Pat Lam has named his Connacht team to face Leinster at the RDS on Friday night in round 10 of the GUINNESS PRO12. Lock Aly Muldowney is the only survivor from the side that beat Bayonne 29-27 in France last weekend.
Munster have confirmed that backs Johnny Holland and Gerhard van den Heever are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines, while their Ireland international prop Dave Kilcoyne has been ruled out for a number of weeks.
Following their 29-27 away win in the European Challenge Cup, Connacht's Bayonne conquerors returned to Galway on Sunday night and joined the other members of the squad for training this morning as attention turns to the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 derby clash with Leinster.
Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan has been given a two-week suspension for an incident involving Ulster's Stuart Olding during last Friday's derby clash at Thomond Park. He will be suspended up to Sunday, December 14, meaning he will miss the Reds' back-to-back European games against Clermont Auvergne.
Check out the latest GUINNESS PRO12 video highlights and best action shots from Inpho Photography. Munster won a tight interprovincial clash with Ulster in round 9 and Leinster and Connacht both posted home victories over Welsh opposition.
Something has got to give at the Sportsground tonight as Connacht try to maintain their unbeaten home record this season, while the Scarlets chase their sixth successive victory over the westerners since September 2011.
A meeting of the reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions and the team that have topped the table for seven of the previous eight rounds, as both Leinster and the Ospreys look to make up lost ground after defeats last weekend.