The leading two teams after the opening eight rounds of the GUINNESS PRO12 meet at Thomond Park as Munster look to maintain their impressive home form, while table-topping Connacht chase their first competitive victory in Limerick in 29 years.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made six changes to the team that beat Benetton Treviso in the Champions Cup for Saturday's return to GUINNESS PRO12 action against Connacht at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.15pm).
Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby to reschedule the six European club matches which were postponed due to the Paris attacks, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of January 8/9/10, 2016 in advance of round 5 of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Munster continued preparations for Saturday's home interprovincial match against Connacht with the first squad session of the week at UL. A number of players continue to work with Munster medical staff in rehabbing some recent bumps and bruises and a number of longer term injuries.
Following scans this week, there was mixed news on the injury front for Munster hookers Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey who both sustained knocks during the European Champions Cup round 1 win over Benetton Treviso.
Munster 'A' continue their British & Irish Cup campaign when they welcome Yorkshire Carnegie to Kinsale RFC on Friday (kick-off 8pm). In announcing the team, head coach Mick O'Driscoll has made five changes to the side that narrowly lost to London Scottish in round 1.
Following discussions between EPCR, Stade Francais and local authorities in Paris this afternoon, it has been decided to postpone Sunday's European Champions Cup round 2 match between Stade Francais and Munster at Stade Jean Bouin.
Munster 'A' opened their British & Irish Cup campaign tonight at the Athletic Ground in Richmond. A hard-fought battle with London Scottish saw Mick O'Driscoll's side come away with a losing bonus point in a 27-25 defeat.
A winning start is a must for Munster with Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais their chief threats in Champions Cup Pool 4. Anthony Foley's men host a Benetton Treviso side that ran in three tries against Connacht last weekend.
Hooker Niall Scannell will captain Munster 'A' for Friday's British & Irish Cup opener away to London Scottish at the Athletic Ground in Richmond (kick-off 7.45pm). Head coach Mick O'Driscoll has a mixture of experience and youth from the senior, Academy and club ranks across the matchday squad.
Munster winger Gerhard van den Heever, accompanied by team manager Niall O'Donovan, appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee in Cardiff today, having been cited by the independent citing commissioner for an alleged dangerous tackle during last Saturday's win over Edinburgh.
The Munster players gathered at the University Limerick today for the first squad session of the week ahead of Saturday's European Champions Cup opener at home to Benetton Treviso (kick-off 5.15pm). Over 16,000 tickets have now been sold for the Thomond Park clash.
Munster Rugby have confirmed today that Rockwell College graduate Bill Johnston and former Northampton Saints Academy player Ollie Lyons have joined year one of the Greencore Munster Academy programme.
Munster just about maintained their winning ways at BT Murrayfield with a 16-14 GUINNESS PRO12 triumph over Edinburgh. Anthony Foley's men survived a late onslaught from the Scots which very nearly saw them engineer a match-winning score.
Munster are aiming to sign off before the start of the Champions Cup with a sixth win in seven league games, as they tackle Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield - the venue for this season's GUINNESS PRO12 final.
Rugby World Cup returnees Conor Murray and Keith Earls will make their first Munster appearances of the season after being named in the team to face Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm).
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are all set to fill the void left with the end of the Rugby World Cup, and the first of two launches more than whetted the appetite for the stunning rugby that lies ahead for fans across Europe.
With injuries to back rowers Peter O'Mahony and Tommy O'Donnell and Felix Jones' enforced retirement, Munster head coach Anthony Foley has spoken about new signings Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino and Sean Doyle, and the pair's inclusion in the province's 2015/16 Champions Cup squad.