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.
Leinster are determined to score another famous victory over Clermont Auvergne on French soil - memories of their 2012 semi-final success remain fresh - in their bid to become European's most decorated side. This afternoon's last-four clash in Lyon is the province's 150th European Cup match.
A PRO12 disciplinary panel convened in Edinburgh, Scotland this evening to consider the citing complaint lodged against Leinster prop Cian Healy resulting from the round 20 match against Connacht in Galway last Saturday.
Leading Irish energy provider Energia has signed a new sponsorship deal with PRO12 Rugby. The deal will see Energia become a partner of the GUINNESS PRO12 final series, as the Championship readies itself for a thrilling end to the season.
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster has given an injury update today ahead of next Sunday's mouth-watering Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne in Lyon (kick-off 4pm local time/3pm Irish time).
In a huge week for the province, the extended Munster squad gathered in UL today as preparations stepped up for next weekend's action, including the British & Irish Cup final against Jersey Reds on Friday night in Irish Independent Park and the Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
As John Muldoon prepares to make his 300th appearance for the province at the Sportsground tonight, Connacht Rugby have paid tribute to their captain who becomes the first Irish player to reach the milestone.
Connacht will not be retaining the title they won in such thrilling fashion last season, but tonight's derby clash with Leinster will provide them with the opportunity to have an impact on who succeeds them as GUINNESS PRO12 champions.
GUINNESS PRO12 derby games will grab the headlines over the Easter weekend as Munster look to stay on course for a home semi-final and Ulster, who have not beaten their provincial rivals in three years, need to win to stay in touch with the top four.