Beaten semi-finalists this past season, Leinster have been handed the stiffest of draws in the 2015/16 European Champions Cup - they have reigning European champions Toulon, Aviva Premiership runners-up Bath and resurgent Wasps for company in Pool 5.
The IRFU and Munster Rugby can today confirm that Paul O'Connell will retire from international rugby at the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Ireland captain will be released from his IRFU Munster contract once Ireland's participation at the tournament is completed.
The GUINNESS PRO12 final has a neutral venue for the first time as Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, plays host to the two most consistent teams during the regular season - table toppers Glasgow Warriors and second-placed Munster.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face Glasgow Warriors in Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 final at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm), making a number of tactical and injury-enforced changes to the side that defeated the Ospreys.
The Munster squad completed an overnight camp with a pitch session in Thomond Park today having gathered in Limerick yesterday to prepare for the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors.
Munster are chasing a fourth GUINNESS PRO12 title and their first since they won the final against Leinster at Thomond Park in 2011. That was their most recent appearance in a major final and was their fifth successive victory in the final of all competitions they have contested.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final against the Ospreys at Thomond Park (kick-off 2.30pm), with returning captain Peter O'Mahony and winger Simon Zebo both fit to start.
This week's GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final preparations commenced for Munster with an overnight training camp in Limerick which culminated in this morning's squad pitch session under rain, hail and sunshine at Thomond Park.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face the Newport Gwent Dragons at Irish Independent Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), with Ian Keatley set to win his 100th cap for the province and Paul O'Connell lining out in Cork for the first time this season.