Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has named his team to face Benetton Treviso in the GUINNESS PRO12 on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm local time/2.30pm Irish time), with two changes from the round 7 win over Edinburgh.
There is huge anticipation and excitement in Galway as the Connacht supporters await their first glimpse of Mils Muliaina in competitive action. Fellow new signings Bundee Aki and Tom McCartney are also set to play against Zebre tonight.
All Black centurion Mils Muliaina will make his Connacht debut at the Sportsground on Friday, lining out at full-back in a side that sees seven changes since the trip to the Ospreys in the last round of GUINNESS PRO12 action.
The DCAL Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has officially opened a new sports facility at Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School that will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for Ulster Rugby, as well as health and fitness benefits to pupils and the wider community.
While the southern Hemisphere sides continue their tour of Europe, the GUINNESS PRO12 is back in action this weekend and the pick of round 8 must be the fixture between the table-topping Ospreys and third-placed Ulster in Belfast on Friday night.
As preparations continue ahead of their visit to Treviso in the GUINNESS PRO12 next Sunday, Leinster Rugby have confirmed that Jamie Hagan has joined the province on a three month short-term loan deal.
A strong start to the season has seen Rory Scannell play in every Munster 'A' game to date, alternating between out-half and centre and kicking 33 points along the way. The Dolphin clubman knows first-hand the benefit of British & Irish Cup experience in helping players to make the transition to GUINNESS PRO12 rugby.
Western Province centre Patrick Howard is set to join Munster Rugby on a three-month contract. The 22-year-old South African will join the province later in the month subject to passing the normal medical procedures.