Heineken Champions Cup
Saturday, Thomond Park, 1pm, Munster v Gloucester

It’s amazing how the Miracle Match keeps coming up 15 years on, though I’m not so sure that Munster will need a miracle on Saturday. They were really impressive in getting that draw in Exeter last weekend and even though they could have lost it near the end when they were under immense pressure, they showed incredible character. Joey Carbery and Tadhg Beirne have been massive additions to the Munster squad so I’d be surprised if Munster don’t come through that one.

Gloucester have an issue up front, they are very short with 11 injuries to their forward roster and the last place you want to come when you’re short of forwards is Thomond Park so I’m expecting a big performance on Munster.

Saturday, U Arena, 5.30, Racing v Ulster

Rory Best led Ulster to victory over Leicester

It has been a topsy-turvy season for Ulster. Dan McFarland came in from the start of the season and they had a great start to the Pro14 and then went through a bad spell when they were badly beaten in the two inter-provincial games, beaten by Munster and losing to Connacht at home in Belfast for the first time in more than 50 years.

They got off to a great start last weekend against Leicester, but this is a totally different proposition against Racing in the U Arena; I was there last year when Munster played there and it really is an incredible setting. It’s an indoor arena with massive screens and it’s in total darkness when the teams come out.

And then of course there’s Simon Zebo, who has become the forgotten man of Irish rugby in many ways. He’s the top try-scorer in France and I think he’ll be looking to lay down a marker to remind people that he’s still out there.

Sunday, Stade Ernest-Wallon, 3.15pm, Toulouse v Leinster

James Lowe was on fire against Wasps

I think this is the tie of the weekend – you’re looking at the only sides with four stars each on their jerseys having won four European cups. Toulouse were the aristocrats of the European game and in the past Leinster would have gone there playing catch-up. I remember a quarter-final there back in 2006 when Denis Hickey scored a great try – it was a turning point and that set off the Leinster revolution.

Leinster are the envy of every side in Europe; the strength and depth when you have the likes of Sean O’Brien, Jack McGrath and Scott Fardy on the bench as they did last week. This will be a much tighter match than last weekend, but you’d still have to fancy Leinster to win away from home.

European Challenge Cup
Saturday, AJ Bell Stadium, 3pm, Sale v Connacht

Connacht were too good for Bordeaux Begles last time out

I like the way Connacht are playing this year and Andy Friend has revived the style of play there. They had a great win over Bordeaux Begles, they’re playing Sale who are one from bottom in the Premiership and aren’t playing well. I like the way Connacht are playing, Bundee Aki is in top form so I go for a Connacht win even though they’re away from home.

Donal Lenihan was speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

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