The leading two teams after the opening eight rounds of the GUINNESS PRO12 meet at Thomond Park as Munster look to maintain their impressive home form, while table-topping Connacht chase their first victory in Limerick in 29 years.
In the most exciting development since the club moved to Rosbrien over 35 years ago, Old Crescent RFC is purchasing land adjoining its club grounds which will see the club grounds double in size, securing the future of rugby at Rosbrien for current and future generations.
The Connacht team to face Munster in their first interprovincial clash of the season at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm) has been named. Head coach Pat Lam has made nine personnel changes to the team that started against Brive in the European Challenge Cup.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made six changes to the team that beat Benetton Treviso in the Champions Cup for Saturday's return to GUINNESS PRO12 action against Connacht at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.15pm).
Big games at both ends of the table are on the menu in the latest round of Ulster Bank League Division 1A action. Leaders Clontarf will be out for revenge in a repeat of last season's final against Lansdowne, while second-placed UCD are looking to maintain their high-scoring, winning form away to Garryowen.
Two of the front runners in Division 1B, St. Mary's College and Old Wesley, meet in the penultimate round before Christmas. A cracking contest is in prospect, while there is also plenty of interest in the Munster derby between resurgent Shannon and Dolphin.
Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby to reschedule the six European club matches which were postponed due to the Paris attacks, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of January 8/9/10, 2016 in advance of round 5 of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Leinster and Ulster are back on GUINNESS PRO12 duty tonight, with both sides determined to put last week's European Champions Cup disappointment behind them in what promises to be another keenly-contested interprovincial derby.
Ireland international Iain Henderson will start at lock for Ulster for the first time this season, following his appearance in the back row last weekend. He will combine with fellow Ireland international Dan Tuohy in the second row for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby encounter with Leinster at the RDS (kick-off 7.35pm).
Division 2A resumes for a three-week run in to Christmas and things are as tight as ever with a nine-point spread over the top seven clubs. The clash of Banbridge and Cashel at Rifle Park could be a key game this weekend.
No different to Divisions 2A and 2B, there is a 'peleton' of clubs within touching distance of the leaders. Just nine points separate Old Crescent in first place from Midleton in sixth. All set for the run in to Christmas.
The semi-final draw for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup has been made. Former winners Enniscorthy have been drawn at home to Bangor, while Instonians host Clogher Valley in a mouth-watering all-Ulster affair.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.