Munster and Glasgow Warriors both see the welcome return of their internationals for Saturdays clash.
The Warriors see the return of Weir from injury at fly half and he is one player who will be keen to put in a very good performance to try and regain the shirt after good performances from Jackson and Wight.
Kellock and Barclay are welcome returns in the forwards and they will be needed to come up against the likes of Munster’s Coughlan and Ryan.
Last week against the Scarlets, Munster showed their lack of experience, particularly up front and they will be happy to see the return of experienced heads O’Gara and O’Callaghan who should help to drive them forward, and have them playing in the right areas.
Glasgow will have to be weary of a dangerous looking Munster backline including Howlett, Earls and Zebo, yet in Lamont, Hogg and Van der Merwe they have strike runners of their own to cause any defence problems.
Looking at the two packs it is the visitors that appear to have the stronger and Munster will be hoping for a vastly improved scurmmaging performance otherwise Glasgow have the tools here to punish them.
The Warriors will be smarting from their 6-0 defeat to Leinster and will be looking to overpower Munster. If the Glasgow forward get the upper hand it could be a long night for Howlett and his men, yet Munster without doubt have the talent throughout their team to keep their visitors out.
Sitting fifth and third (before Fridays game) and only four points separating them, Munster could claw back precious points if they win. Glasgow will be looking to double their lead, and as the march to the second half of the season continues, every point matters in the battle for a play-off spot.
Both backlines have the ability for this to be a thrilling game, yet how the forwards play is as ever going to be the deciding factors. Whichever pack gets on top could ensure that it’s a long and torrid match for the team searching for a foothold.
Both sides will be looking to put last week’s losses to rights, but it looks like the experience in the Glasgow pack especially, might tip this game in their favour.
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
Munster : Felix Jones; Doug Howlett (capt), Keith Earls, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ronan O’Gara, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan; CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell, James Coughlan. Replacements: Damien Varley, Wian du Preez, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Paddy Butler, Peter Stringer, Ian Keatley, Casey Laulala.
Glasgow Warriors : Peter Murchie, Sean Lamont, Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne, DTH Van Der Merwe, Duncan Weir, Henry Pyrgos, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Mike Cusack, Tim Swinson, Al Kellock (capt), Rob Harley, John Barclay, Ryan Wilson. Replacements : Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Gordon Reid, Josh Strauss, James Eddie, Niko Matawalu, Scott Wight, Byron McGuigan.