Irish rugby fans are in for one hell of a treat in the coming days, with Leinster travelling to Limerick to face Munster, while Ulster face Connacht in Galway.
Joe Schmidt will be an interested observer, with the Six Nations appearing on the horizon, but there are also precious Pro 12 points on the line.
Leinster coach Leo Cullen has named an interesting side to take on Munster in what is undoubtedly the highest profile interprovincial clash in Irish rugby.
Fans have been appeased as Garry Ringrose joins Luke Fitzgerald in the centre, and they will be keen to turn things around with a win in Thomond Park.
Leinster team to face Munster:
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 24, 2015
Z Kirchner, F McFadden, G Ringrose, L Fitzgerald, I Nacewa (captain), I Madigan, E Reddan; J McGrath, S Cronin, T Furlong, D Toner, T Denton, D Ryan, S O’Brien, J Heaslip.
Both teams are coming off the back of consecutive defeats in Europe, and will be eager to return to winning ways. Ian Keatley, who has been misfiring of late, has been dropped from the 23 altogether, with Tyler Bleyendaal coming in at fly half.
Munster team to face Leinster:
MunXV: Conway; Earls,Saili,Hurley,Zebo; Bleyendaal,Murray;Cronin, Sherry,Botha;Foley,D Ryan; Copeland,O’Donoghue,Stander Capt. #MunVLei
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) December 24, 2015
Ulster face a difficult challenge with a trip to second placed Connacht, but Neil Doak has named a side loaded with talent, and Stuart McCloskey is the danger man at second centre. The youngster has been in superb form, and is pushing for a Six Nations berth.
Ulster team to face Connacht:
L Ludik, A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes, P Jackson, R Pienaar; A Warwick, R Herring (captain), W Herbst, A O’Connor, F van der Merwe, R Diack, S Reidy, N Williams.
Finally, the western province will be eager to regain top spot from Llanelli, and Pat Lam has named a strong side.
Connacht team to face Ulster:
T O’Halloran, N Adeolokun, B Aki, C Ronaldson, M Healy, J Carty, K Marmion; F Bealham, D Heffernan, N White, U Dillane, A Muldowney, J Muldoon (captain), J Connolly, E Masterson.
Two crackers are in store.