6 Dec, 21:27
Munster A tasted defeat for the first time this season as they went down 17-7 to Plymouth Albion in the British and Irish Cup on Friday night.
Included was Paul O'Connell who completed his first forty minutes of play of the season last Friday for his club Young Munster, fuelling speculation that he will be included in the squad when it's announced on Thursday.
Munster's five game winning run in all competitions ended at Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday night when they were beaten 20-6. They have won all six home games they have played this season.
For their part, Cardiff Blues ended a three game winless run with their 38-6 victory over Glasgow on Saturday. The Blues have won six of their last seven away games in the Magners League and lie just four points behind Munster in the table.
Tickets for the game are reported to be selling well with in excess of 18,000 already out there and tickets will be available right up to match time from the usual outlets, Munster Ticket Offices Cork and Limerick, Munster Rugby Store Cork & Limerick, Gleeson Sports Limerick and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.