The Munster Under-18 Schools squad, coached by Mark Butler, claimed a long-awaited Interprovincial title after a hard-fought 19-10 win over Leinster at CBC Cork's excellent Lansdowne ground on Saturday.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face GUINNESS PRO12 leaders the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm). The selected side sees Conor Murray promoted to captain for the round 4 clash.
Denis Hurley spoke to www.MunsterRugby.ie this week about his outings at inside centre, the threat the Ospreys will pose on Saturday and settling into head coach Anthony Foley's game-plan for the current season.
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.
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 Munster team to face Zebre at Thomond Park on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm) has been named, and sees the return of Paul O'Connell, Conor Murray, David Kilcoyne, JJ Hanrahan, Paddy Butler and Denis Hurley to competitive action.
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.
Although happy with Munster's win away to Benetton Treviso and the marked improvement on the Edinburgh performance, head coach Anthony Foley has identified some areas to be worked on following 'the Italian job'.
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.