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.
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.
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.
In order to facilitate fixture schedules in the Top 14, the Aviva Premiership and the GUINNESS PRO12, the Board of EPCR has agreed to revise the qualification play-off format for the 2015/16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Rhys Webb's second-minute try for the Ospreys in their victory over Edinburgh last Sunday was the fastest scored in the GUINNESS PRO12 so far this season, while Munster's Simon Zebo, who helped himself to three tries against Zebre, became just the fourth player to score a first half hat-trick in league history.
Following their one-point win over defending GUINNESS PRO12 champions Leinster, the Connacht squad were back in the Sportsground on Sunday afternoon to review the game and begin work ahead of this week's trip to Glasgow.
Ulster were crowned IRFU Under-20 Interprovincial champions for 2014/15 after a 17-12 triumph away to Munster on Friday - their third win of the series. Meanwhile, Connacht and Leinster scored 14 tries in a free-flowing final encounter at the Sportsground.
Three teams - leaders Munster, Connacht and last year's winners Leinster - are still in the running to be crowned IRFU Women's Interprovincial champions for 2014/15. It all makes for a fascinating final round on Saturday.
The first interprovincial derby of the 2014/15 campaign sees high-flying Connacht entertain reigning league champions Leinster. Should the hosts triumph, it will be the first time they have won three successive matches at the start of a season.
While spirits were high in training at the sunny Sportsground yesterday following two consecutive GUINNESS PRO12 wins for Connacht, there was widespread disappointment for two of their senior players who were absent due to injury.
Munster won a defensive chess match against Leinster to make it two wins out of two in the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship, while seven-try Connacht dazzled Ulster in Galway. Kate Rowan reviews the round 2 games.
The 2014/15 IRFU Under-20 Interprovincial Championship is set to go down to the wire next weekend, with unbeaten Ulster currently out in front and Leinster and Connacht - with one win apiece - snapping at their heels.
Less than five months after playing for Dublin University in an Ulster Bank League Division 1B relegation battle with Shannon, Niyi Adeolokun will earn his second GUINNESS PRO12 start tonight, lining out on the right wing for Connacht against Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield.
Scotland has not been a happy hunting ground for Connacht, with just one win in their last seven visits, but Pat Lam's men are well capable of getting a result against Edinburgh on Murrayfield's new hybrid pitch.
The GUINNESS PRO12 began last weekend with a scintillating opening round which saw more tries scored than ever before (33), the second highest ever draw in the competition (Scarlets 32 Ulster 32), and increased attendances at all games resulting in an overall improvement of almost 20% compared to the gates for round 1 last year.