Munster return to west Wales a week after the crushing disappointment of defeat in the Heineken Cup and although the squad they bring this time shows 12 changes in personnel the Stradey scars still linger. Up to now, Munsterâ00s League ambition centred on staying clear of Connacht in order to secure a place in Europe next year. Now, thanks to events in Paris and London this week, there may be no Europe next year, so it doesnâ00t matter where they finish, it looks like the Magners League will be the only show in town next season.
That makes Saturday's assignment all the more difficult for Munster. Nothing to play for except pride and the opportunity to give important game time to those who havenâ00t had enough either through injury or opportunity.
To that end its good to see the two Anthonys, Foley and Horgan, back from injury along with Mossy Lawlor, Fedderico Pucciariello and the most improved player for Munster this season, James Coughlan.
Also good to see Brian Carney get another run on the wing while Tony Buckley and Donnacha Ryan can only benefit from further exposure at this level.
Sitting beside Ronan Oâ00Gara on the bench will be Keith Earls who played a key part in Irelandâ00s Under 21 Grand Slam campaign this season