There is a lot more than just bragging rights on the line at Thomond Park as despite being nicely positioned in the GUINNESS PRO12 table, third-placed Munster and Connacht, in sixth, both have teams below them ready to pounce if they lose again.
Less than a week after lifting the RBS 6 Nations trophy, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has won the RBS Player of the Championship award. Securing over 26% of the public vote, the Limerick man received the backing of 18,842 fans.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named a strong selection to face Connacht in round 18 of the GUINNESS PRO12 at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm). Centre Denis Hurley captains a side which includes a number of returning Ireland internationals.
Captain Paul O'Connell said emulating the 1948-1949 Ireland team in winning back-to-back Championships is an incredible achievement for Irish rugby's class of 2015. With the great Jack Kyle having passed away last November, O'Connell felt there might have been someone watching down at them as their hard work paid off with a title-clinching win over Scotland.
Niamh Briggs had a day to remember as she captained the Ireland Women's team to RBS 6 Nations title glory. The Waterford star, who scored the first try in the 73-3 win over Scotland, spoke to Irish Rugby TV afterwards.
Paul O'Connell will win his 100th Ireland cap when he takes to the pitch for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against Wales in Cardiff. We take a look at some of his best days in the green jersey so far.
Ireland may have won on five of their seven previous trips to the Millennium Stadium, but flanker Tommy O'Donnell insists they cannot cling to past memories in Cardiff ahead of next week's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales.
With Glasgow Warriors overtaking Munster at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12, Anthony Foley's men have an opportunity to answer back when they visit the Ospreys in the second of this weekend's four Irish-Welsh clashes.