18 May, 12:24
The news today that Ronan O'Gara's long and distinguished playing time is over, brings to a close what was by any standards, a remarkable career.
It will also be a last Thomond Park Stadium appearance for Lifeimi Mafi and for Tomas O'Leary both of whom depart these shores at season's end for pastures new.
Heineken Cup finlaists Ulster are likely to be without Ruan Pienaar, Stephen Ferris, Johann Muller and skipper Rory Best while Chris Henry is another who will not feature as he battles to be ready for the Twickenham final.
The prize for a Munster win is a trip to the Liberty a week from now for a semi final joust with Ospreys with Glasgow, home to Connact tomorrow, odds-on to provide Leinster with their warm-up opposition a week ahead of the Euro final.
Munster: F Jones; J Murphy, I Dineen, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, C Murray; W du Preez, M Sherry, BJ Botha; M O'Driscoll, P O'Connell; D Ryan, T O'Donnell, P O'Mahony. Replacements: D Varley, D Kilcoyne, S Archer, D O'Callaghan, P Butler, T O'Leary, S Deasy, K Earls.