Leinster and Connacht collide in a tasty pre-Christmas interprovincial cracker, with the hosts looking to avenge their defeat from earlier in the season and the westerners aiming to win in Dublin for the first time in 12 years.
Pat Lam has named his Connacht team to face Leinster at the RDS on Friday night in round 10 of the GUINNESS PRO12. Lock Aly Muldowney is the only survivor from the side that beat Bayonne 29-27 in France last weekend.
Following their 29-27 away win in the European Challenge Cup, Connacht's Bayonne conquerors returned to Galway on Sunday night and joined the other members of the squad for training this morning as attention turns to the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 derby clash with Leinster.
Lying just a point behind Pool 2 leaders Exeter Chiefs, Connacht are hoping to complete a quick-fire double over French side Bayonne and edge closer to reaching the European Challenge Cup knockout stages.
Connacht meet Bayonne for the first time since the 2010/11 season when they claimed a memorable double over the French side. That will be the target for Pat Lam's men in the coming days, beginning with Saturday's round 3 game in Galway.
As the GUINNESS PRO12 take a two-week break, Connacht's attention turns to the European Challenge Cup competition and the arrival of French Top 14 side Bayonne to the Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 5pm).
Something has got to give at the Sportsground tonight as Connacht try to maintain their unbeaten home record this season, while the Scarlets chase their sixth successive victory over the westerners since September 2011.