All roads lead to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as Leinster and Munster clash in another eagerly-awaited interprovincial derby. Round 5 of the GUINNESS PRO12 also includes home fixtures for Connacht and Ulster on Friday night.
Leinster skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy spoke this week about the importance of their win over Cardiff Blues and the shared kicking duties between Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan so far this season.
The Cardiff Blues front row must have thought they were seeing double during the closing stages of Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Leinster at the RDS, as twin brothers Bryan and Ed Byrne featured for the hosts.
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 first interprovincial derby of the 2014/15 campaign sees high-flying Connacht entertain reigning league champions Leinster. Should the hosts triumph, it will be the first time they have won three successive matches at the start of a season.
The Leinster team to face Connacht in Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby match in Galway has been announced - Fergus McFadden comes in to replace the injured Zane Kirchner and Rhys Ruddock will start his first game of the season.
Following training at UCD this week, Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor gave further updates on the injury situation concerning a number of players ahead of Friday's interprovincial derby clash with Connacht.
This Friday Leinster will travel to the Sportsground to face Connacht in the first interprovincial derby of the GUINNESS PRO12 season. And for Leinster's new scrum coach, Marco Caputo, this will not be first time he has faced the men from the west.
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.