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.
Three Ulster players, two from Munster and two from Connacht have been selected in this season's GUINNESS PRO12 Dream Team which was voted on by a media panel of 11 journalists from all four countries. The panel was chaired by Diageo's Rory Sheridan.
14-man Ulster saw out the regular GUINNESS PRO12 season unbeaten at home with a 23-23 draw against Munster at a sold-out Kingspan Stadium, keeping alive their hopes of hosting a play-off in two weeks' time.
The result of Saturday's eagerly-awaited interprovincial clash could prove crucial in deciding who has home advantage in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs. Will it be business as usual for Ulster in Belfast, or can Munster take a step closer to a top two finish?
As a former Ulster player, BJ Botha knows more than most what lies in store this weekend as Munster make the journey north to face Ulster at a sold-out Kingspan Stadium in round 21 of the GUINNESS PRO12.
Next Wednesday at the 13th Hibernia College IRUPA Rugby Players Awards, former Munster and Ireland flanker David Wallace will become the 15th player to be inducted into the BNY Mellon IRUPA Hall of Fame.
Having played alongside a number of the Ulster fontliners in Ireland's recent RBS 6 Nations triumph, and having played in the 19-17 home loss to the northern side at the end of last season, few are more aware than Conor Murray of the immense test that awaits the Munstermen at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.