Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes for Munster's return to GUINNESS PRO12 action as the province take on Benetton Treviso at Stadio di Monigo on Saturday in the penultimate round of the Championship (kick-off 7.05pm local time/6.05pm Irish time).
With their European title dreams over for another year, Leinster now have their sights firmly set on a strong finish to the GUINNESS PRO12's regular season as they build towards a home semi-final in three weeks' time.
Connacht have confirmed that long-serving prop Ronan Loughney will finish with the province at the end of the current season. Danie Poolman, John Cooney, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Daniel Qualter, Rory Parata, Shane O'Leary, Lewis Stevenson, Rory Moloney, Josh Rowland and Ivan Soroka are among those also departing the Sportsground in the summer
Back rower Clive Ross, lock Alan O'Connor, and scrum half Dave Shanahan have all signed contract extensions that will keep them at Ulster until the summer of 2019, while hooker John Andrew has agreed terms to stay with the province until 2020.
All eyes return to the GUINNESS PRO12 Championship with four teams still fighting to join Leinster and Munster in the semi-finals. The Ospreys and Scarlets form the Welsh challenge, while Ulster have it within their control to make it three Irish representatives in the final series.
The Munster squad regrouped at the High Performance Centre in UL yesterday as they switch their focus to the final two rounds of GUINNESS PRO12 action where they hope to secure a home semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday, May 20 (kick-off 6.15pm).
The 2017 Munster Rugby Awards, in association with the Irish Independent, will take place on Thursday, May 4 at the Maryborough Hotel in Cork, and the nominations for the Senior Player and Academy Player of the Year awards have now been finalised
Head coach Leo Cullen has given an injury update as the Leinster squad started their preparations ahead of next Friday's visit of Glasgow Warriors to the RDS in the penultimate round of the GUINNESS PRO12.