Connacht will be aiming to keep up their proud home record against Welsh regions - they have only lost to the Ospreys in the last three seasons - when they host the play-off-chasing Scarlets at the Sportsground tonight.
Connacht have confirmed that long-serving prop Ronan Loughney will finish with the province at the end of the current season. Danie Poolman, John Cooney, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Daniel Qualter, Rory Parata, Shane O'Leary, Lewis Stevenson, Rory Moloney, Josh Rowland and Ivan Soroka are among those also departing the Sportsground in the summer
As John Muldoon prepares to make his 300th appearance for the province at the Sportsground tonight, Connacht Rugby have paid tribute to their captain who becomes the first Irish player to reach the milestone.
Connacht will not be retaining the title they won in such thrilling fashion last season, but tonight's derby clash with Leinster will provide them with the opportunity to have an impact on who succeeds them as GUINNESS PRO12 champions.
Connacht captain John Muldoon will play his 300th game for the westerners when he lines out against provincial rivals and GUINNESS PRO12 leaders Leinster at a sold-out Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 7.35pm).
The fifth 'Big Weekend' will be packed with action and tribal rivalries as the GUINNESS PRO12 enters the final laps of the season. Derby games will grab the headlines in Ireland and Wales, with interprovincial bragging rights on the line at Thomond Park and the Sportsground.
Connacht will be looking to right the wrongs of their surprise defeat away to Zebre last weekend when they open round 19 of the GUINNESS PRO12 with their first ever visit to Myreside to face Edinburgh.
Having returned from Italy yesterday after their disappointing GUINNESS PRO12 defeat to Zebre, the Connacht squad trained today as preparations began for Friday night's clash with Edinburgh at Myreside (kick-off 7.35pm).
Connacht's Champions Cup qualification ambitions were dealt another blow after they were beaten 25-22 by the GUINNESS PRO12's bottom side Zebre in today's rescheduled fixture at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
Glasgow Warriors will host Connacht at Scotstoun in a mid-table match-up this evening, with Pat Lam's men aiming to enter the top half of the table following wins in their last four GUINNESS PRO12 games.