With the high profile quarter-final matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup less than a fortnight away, EPCR, in conjunction with one of its Official Partners, Turkish Airlines, has completed the list of contenders for the 2017 European Player of the Year award.
The referee appointments for what promises to be a high-powered series of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches were announced today following the meeting of a selection committee chaired by Joel Jutge, EPCR's head of match officials.
Munster 'A' head coach Peter Malone has named his team for Sunday's British & Irish Cup quarter-final against Ulster 'A' at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 3pm). Cian Bohane continues as captain with Malone making six changes to the side that defeated Doncaster Knights last time out.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made five changes and named Billy Holland as captain for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with Cardiff Blues at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 5.15pm).
There was positive news coming from the Munster medical department this week with no fresh injury concerns following last Friday GUINNESS PRO12 defeat to the Scarlets, while a number of players are making a full return to training.
Dave Kilcoyne scored the crucial try two minutes from time - and captain Tyler Bleyendaal added the conversion - as Munster staged an unlikely comeback victory away to the Ospreys to stay top of the GUINNESS PRO12.
The GUINNESS PRO12 takes centre stage this weekend as the focus returns to club rugby. Sky Sports will screen two massive fixtures taking place among teams from the top six with Ospreys hosting Munster and Ulster taking on Glasgow Warriors.
Munster consolidated their place at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 with a six-try 45-17 win over the Dragons in front of a capacity crowd at Irish Independent Park - the province's seventh sell-out of the current season.
Munster will be eager to improve their inconsistent recent form in Cork - two defeats in four outings - as the GUINNESS PRO12 leaders look to take a step closer to the play-offs by beating the Dragons.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has named his team for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with the Newport Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7.35pm). Tyler Bleyendaal retains the captaincy, while local man Darren Sweetnam makes a welcome return to the starting line-up following a knee injury.
In miserable conditions at Myreside, it was a night for hard work as Munster just managed to squeeze their way to a 10-9 victory over Edinburgh. An ugly but workmanlike performance saw the province move back to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12.