Rob Murphy caught up with Connacht head coach Pat Lam after their bonus point win at home to Benetton Treviso. The westerners have been in resurgent form of late, picking up three straight league victories and 14 points from a possible 15.
The Connacht team to face Benetton Treviso at the Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 5pm) has been named. Head coach Pat Lam has made three personnel changes to the side that gained a bonus point win over Zebre just five days ago.
It will be a case of the old and the new on the wing for Ulster as Ireland and Lions star Tommy Bowe makes a welcome return from injury, while promising youngster Rory Scholes is set for his full debut for the province.
Munster face the Scarlets on Saturday looking for a victory that would complete a clean sweep over the Welsh regions this season in the RaboDirect PRO12 - a feat that has never been accomplished by any team before.
Nick Williams will play no part in Ulster's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with the Newport Gwent Dragons at Ravenhill on Friday. The province are launching an internal investigation into the back rower's 'alleged unauthorised absence'.
Following last Sunday's bonus point win over Zebre, the Connacht squad returned to training yesterday to prepare for the visit of Benetton Treviso to the Sportsground this coming Saturday (kick-off 5pm).