Munster Rugby and the IRFU can confirm that Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell, Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams and Darren Sweetnam have all signed contract extensions, while Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart will join the province next season.
Pat Lam has primed his troops for 'the biggest game in Connacht's history' as they attempt to reach their first ever Champions Cup quarter-final. They must either win at Toulouse or at least ensure that the result sees them finishing ahead of the Frenchmen in the final pool table.
Ulster slumped to their fourth Champions Cup defeat of the season, a result which consigns them to the bottom of Pool 5, as visitors Bordeaux Bègles made the most of their scoring opportunities to win 26-22 at Kingspan Stadium.
Centre Stuart McCloskey was one of the few Ulster players to impress during their round 6 loss to Bordeaux Bègles
Looking to sew up home advantage in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, Munster will be on their guard against a Racing side that rebounded very well with a 34-3 hammering of Leicester Tigers last weekend.
With only three defeats in their last 25 European outings in Belfast, Ulster are hoping to continue their proud home record and kick-start their season ahead of a crucial block of GUINNESS PRO12 games.
Connacht and the IRFU have announced that John Muldoon has signed a new contract for the 2017/18 season. The latest deal will extend Muldoon's professional career at the province to an impressive 15 seasons. This current season marks his sixth as captain of the westerners.