Munster and Leinster lead the way at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 table after an eventful round 9. A frozen pitch prevented Ulster's clash with Zebre from going ahead, while captain John Muldoon and John Cooney inspired Connacht to a hard-earned home win over Cardiff Blues.
Connacht trio Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney and John Cooney have all returned from injury to take their places in the province's team for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Cardiff Blues in Galway (kick-off 7.35pm).
Connacht are looking to regain lost ground in the GUINNESS PRO12 when they chase their first win in Dublin since 2002. In the blue corner, another home success would keep Leinster in the play-off zone as the international break approaches.
Ahead of Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby clash with Leinster at the RDS (kick-off 5.15pm), head coach Pat Lam has made three personnel changes to the Connacht team that defeated Zebre in Europe five days ago.
Connacht came away from Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi with five well-won points as they moved to the top of Champions Cup Pool 2, ahead of their December double header opponents Wasps. Check out the match photo gallery and video highlights.
Connacht begin a run of three successive away games with a trip to Parma where their GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Zebre last month was abandoned due to bad weather. The Italians were leading 22-10 at half-time.
The Connacht team to face Zebre in round 2 of the European Champions Cup at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Sunday (kick-off 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish time) has been named. Ahead of the trip to Italy, Pat Lam has made seven personnel changes to the side that defeated Toulouse six days ago.
The provinces picked up two wins out of three in the opening round of the European Champions Cup, with Connacht and Leinster both beating French opposition on home soil. Check out the match photo galleries and video highlights.