10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
In Leinster, Gary Ella must plan for his side's trip to Rodney Parade and a tough encounter with Gwent Dragons without 9 frontline players who are involved with the national squad plus a host of others who are unavailable through injury.
Ella's compatriot, Alan Gaffney has eight of his squad absent through international call-up and up north Alan Solomons will be without David Humphreys and Tyrone Howe while Neil Doak is rested.
Connacht (v Celtic Warriors, Brewery Field. Sat): M Mostyn; T Robinson, D Yapp, M McHugh, C McPhillips; D Hewitt, C Keane; W O'Kelly, J Fogarty, A Clarke; M McCarthy, A Farley; M Swift, P Neville, J O'Sullivan. Replacements: B Jackman, P Bracken, D Browne, T Carter, C O'Loughlin, E Elwood, T Allnutt.
Leinster: (v Gwent Dragons, Rodney Parade): J Norton; J McWeeney, C Warner, D Quinlan, B Burke; B O'Meara, B O'Riordan; J Moran, G Hickie, P Coyle; A Kearney, B Gissing; S Crawford, S Jennings capt, C Potts. Replacements: S Brophy, D Blaney, N Ronan, R Connolly, J Downey, D O'Shea, N O'Brien.
Munster (v The Borders): J Staunton; M Lawler, J Jones-Hughes, R Henderson, A Horgan; J Holland capt, E Reddan, S Kerr, J Blaney, G McIlwham; T Hogan, D Pusey; P Malone, D Wallace, S Keogh. Replacements: F Roche, J Flannery, D Sheehan, T Hayes, F Murphy, M Mullins, D Crotty.
Ulster (v Llanelli Scarlets, Ravenhill): B Cunningham; J Topping, S Stewart, P Steinmetz, T Howe; A Larkin, K Campbell; R Kempson, P Shields, R Moore; M McCullough, R Frost; A Ward capt, N Best, R Wilson. Replacements: M Sexton, S Best, M Mustchin, W Brosnihan, N Doak, P Wallace, S Young.