The first interprovincial derby of the 2014/15 campaign sees high-flying Connacht entertain reigning league champions Leinster. Should the hosts triumph, it will be the first time they have won three successive matches at the start of a season.
The Leinster team to face Connacht in Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby match in Galway has been announced - Fergus McFadden comes in to replace the injured Zane Kirchner and Rhys Ruddock will start his first game of the season.
The Munster team to face Zebre at Thomond Park on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm) has been named, and sees the return of Paul O'Connell, Conor Murray, David Kilcoyne, JJ Hanrahan, Paddy Butler and Denis Hurley to competitive action.
Following training at UCD this week, Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor gave further updates on the injury situation concerning a number of players ahead of Friday's interprovincial derby clash with Connacht.
This Friday Leinster will travel to the Sportsground to face Connacht in the first interprovincial derby of the GUINNESS PRO12 season. And for Leinster's new scrum coach, Marco Caputo, this will not be first time he has faced the men from the west.
The try-fest continued in round 2 of the GUINNESS PRO12, the aggregate number of tries scored (57) now being the best total for the first two rounds since the home and away format was introduced in the 2003/04 season.
Two games down. Eight points gained. You would think that the Ulster players would be largely pleased with their start to the season. However, having drawn with the Scarlets and made a few errors in the convincing win over Zebre, the squad feel that there is room for improvement.
While spirits were high in training at the sunny Sportsground yesterday following two consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 wins for Connacht, there was widespread disappointment for two of their senior players who were absent due to injury.
Although happy with Munster's win away to Benetton Treviso and the marked improvement on the Edinburgh performance, head coach Anthony Foley has identified some areas to be worked on following 'the Italian job'.