Cardiff Blues flew into Shannon Airport this morning and will return home later tonight. Before that however they'll be hoping to wrestle top spot from Munster who in turn will be looking to avoid back to back defeats following their reversal in Newport last weekend.
Of course the big news is the appearance on the Munster teamsheet of Paul O'Connel for the first time this season. He is expected to make it into the field of play sometime in the second half as he builds towards a Heineken Cup return a week from now.
Both sides feature the majority of their internationals as the scene is perfectly set for a real Magners cracker.
Munster: J Murphy; L Mafi, K Earls, S Tuitipou, D Hurley; R O'Gara, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley; M O'Driscoll, D O'Callaghan; A Quinlan, N Ronan, D Leamy captain. Replacements: M Sherry, D Ryan, J Hayes, P O’Connell, D Wallace, T O’Leary, P Warwick, B Murphy.
Cardiff Blues: Chris Czekaj; Richard Mustoe, Casey Laulala, Tom Shanklin, Gavin Evans; Dan Parks, Richie Rees; Xavier Rush, Sam Warburton, Mamma Molitika; Paul Tito, Michael Paterson; Taufa'ao Filse, Gareth Williams, Gethin Jenkins. Replacements: Rhys Williams, Tom Davies, Sam Hobbs, Bryn Griffiths, Ben White, Tom Slater, Ceri Sweeney, Dafydd Hewitt.