Neither has Tomas O'Leary been ruled out. He was due to play for the Munster A side in Moseley last Saturday but was forced to withdraw with a back spasm and, like O'Connell, a decision on his participation will be left until tomorrow subject to his well being following today's run.
Munster go into Saturday's game looking for their 10th successive win but coach Tony McGahan puts things in context when he said. "This is a stand alone fixture. There's the prize of a final appearance at the end of it. If we're not good enough on the day, the fact that we've won nine in a row won't act as much consolation."
Those sentiments were echoed by Felix Jones, "We'd be happy right enough with the way things have gone over the past number of weeks. Particularly how we've managed to close out tight games. But we can't fall in love with ourselves. There's nothing won yet. We're in no finals. And eight in a row or nine, or whatever it is, means nothing when we run out on Saturday."
Munster Squad (27): Johne Murphy, Felix Jones, Denis Hurley, Doug Howlett, Keith Earls, Sam Tuitupou, Lifeimi Mafi, Paul Warwick, Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer, Conor Murray, Marcus Horan, Wian du Preez, John Hayes, Tony Buckley, Stephen Archer, Damien Varley, Mike Sherry, Donnncha O'Callaghan, Mick O'Driscoll, Donnacha Ryan, Ian Nagle, Tommy O'Donnell, David Wallace, Niall Ronan, James Coughlan, Denis Leamy.