There was disappointment in southern ranks that Munster's own front rowers were unable to force their way into the Irish matchday squad during the Six Nations, with props Stephen Archer and Dave Kilcoyne both uncapped since last year.
It gives Rob Penney's men additional motivation if they needed any against their arch rivals, as the RaboDirect PRO12's current top two sides go head-to-head.
Commenting on the front row contest, Ross said: "Every time the provinces play each other it is a mini trial of sorts.
"I'm sure there will be lads that are pretty annoyed they missed out but that always comes any time you (take on) your rivals for an international place. Someone is going to miss out so there's always a few points to prove there.
"I think (Dave) Kilcoyne and (James) Cronin are pushing each other pretty hard. Stephen Archer has come on a lot with BJ (Botha).
"Whoever they pick is going to give us a big battle. Unfortunately Mike Sherry is out with a cruciate (injury), but Damien Varley is probably one of the best scrummaging hookers around so it hasn't really weakened them in that area."
Ross himself was ever-present during Ireland's successful Championship run - playing for around an hour in each game - and he was preparing for an appearance on 'The Late Late Show' last Friday while his Leinster team-mates secured a bonus point win over Zebre.
The Corkman will be back in blue this weekend facing opponents whom he describes as 'family' given the bonds shared across the blue-red divide.
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said of his own fitness after five successive Test matches. "Generally, you find the 60-80 minutes really drains but with myself and Marty (Moore) working the way we did, it kept us in pretty good nick.
"You generally have two full sets of internationals in either pack (when Leinster and Munster play each other).
"It's pretty quick, it's very intense and everybody is pretty much climbing into each other more because, as everyone knows, you fight more in a family than you do with strangers. We all know each other pretty well at this stage."
Saturday's encounter at the Aviva Stadium is already sold out as the provinces battle it out for league points, in what is a suitably intense precursor to their respective Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
Ross agreed that it is exactly the type of game Leinster need ahead of their trip to Toulon next week, but before then they are very much focused on taking a step closer to a home semi-final in the PRO12.
"We're at the top of the table and we want to stay there because, as you know, the winner gets a home semi-final...(finishing top) doesn't guarantee that home final, but it is a pretty good carrot," he admitted.
"In terms of preparation for a European quarter-final, this is perfect. You get to see, pretty quick, where you are. Maybe with an easier game you wouldn't know where you are.
"Munster beat us down in Thomond before the Heineken Cup at the start of the season and then lost to Edinburgh. It (winning) does help but you've got to be careful with the way you use it. You take the good from it and you move on."