Connacht have today confirmed that out-half Steve Crosbie and centre Tom Farrell have been added to the senior squad for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. Loosehead prop Peter McCabe has also joined the province on a loan deal from Munster.
The festive period was not a happy one results-wise for Connacht with successive interprovincial defeats, and they will have to produce one of their best performances of the season so far to win away to the in-form Ospreys on Saturday.
The Connacht team to face Munster at the Sportsground in round 12 of the GUINNESS PRO12 has been named. There are four personnel changes to the side ahead of the New Year's Eve clash (kick-off 5.30pm).
A solid display from Ulster, which included tries in each half from Stuart McCloskey and Clive Ross, saw Les Kiss' men run out 16-point winners over an injury-stricken Connacht side at Kingspan Stadium tonight.
The first of the festive interprovincial derbies sees Ulster entertain Connacht at a sold-out Kingspan Stadium where Les Kiss' men have only lost one of their last nine fixtures. Conversely, Pat Lam's side have not won away from home in the GUINNESS PRO12 since March.
Derby games will make the headlines in the coming days as the next GUINNESS PRO12 'Big Weekend' takes place across Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The traditional rivalries always add to the intensity and many of the teams are going into this round off the back of some strong form in Europe.