Ulster welcome back Jonathan Bell from injury and he partners Ryan Constable in the centre but Jeremy Davidson retains the captaincy. Matt Sexton and Robbie Kempson have recovered from a bout of flu and return to the front row at the expense of Paul Shields and Simon Best.
Munster are waiting on fitness reports on captain Jim Williams, lock Mick O'Driscoll and centre Jason Holland and hope to announce their side at lunchtime today (Wed) while Leinster, who will be delighted to have the services of Victor Costello and Eric Miller, are also expected to name their side later today.
Connacht. Mark McHugh; Ted Robinson, Darren Yapp, Tim Allnutt (capt.), Wayne Munn; Eric Elwood, Chris Keane; Dan McFarland, Jerry Flannery, Peter Bracken; Damien Browne, Rowan Frost, Colm Rigney, John O'Sullivan, Eric Peters.
Ulster: Bryn Cunningham; James Topping, Ryan Constable, Johnathon Bell, Tyrone Howe; Adam Larkin, Neil Doak; Justin Fitzpatrick, Matt Sexton, Robbie Kempson, Mark Blair, Jeremy Davidson (capt); Warren Brosnihan, Neil McMillan, Tony McWhirter.Replacements: Simon Best, Paul Shields, Paddy Johns, Neil Best, Kieran Campbell, Shane Stewart, Scott Young.