Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee following the red card issued to him for striking an opponent early on in last Saturday's league match between Ulster and Zebre in Parma.
Following Connacht's first defeat of the 2014/15 season at the hands of Glasgow Warriors, Pat Lam's men were straight back to work in Galway on Sunday ahead of the Cardiff Blues' visit to the Sportsground this Friday night.
All roads lead to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as Leinster and Munster clash in another eagerly-awaited interprovincial derby. Round 5 of the GUINNESS PRO12 also includes home fixtures for Connacht and Ulster on Friday night.
Leinster skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy spoke this week about the importance of their win over Cardiff Blues and the shared kicking duties between Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan so far this season.
14-man Ulster slid to their first defeat of the 2014/15 campaign in sunny Parma as a combative Zebre capitalised on their numerical advantage and a disallowed Darren Cave try to avenge their recent 33-13 reversal in round 2.
The Cardiff Blues front row must have thought they were seeing double during the closing stages of Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Leinster at the RDS, as twin brothers Bryan and Ed Byrne featured for the hosts.
Connacht's winning run in the GUINNESS PRO12 came to an end at the hands of Glasgow Warriors who are now just one of two unbeaten teams in the league. As well as their fourth successive win, the Scots also secured a try-scoring bonus point having crossed the line on five occasions.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face GUINNESS PRO12 leaders the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm). The selected side sees Conor Murray promoted to captain for the round 4 clash.
Two of the GUINNESS PRO12's in-form, unbeaten teams, Glasgow Warriors and Connacht, will collide on Friday with Pat Lam's men bidding to become the first visiting side to win at Scotstoun Stadium since last November.