Leinster have confirmed that their Heineken Champions Cup clash with Bath at the Aviva Stadium will go ahead this evening, as Storm Deirdre batters the country with high winds and rain. 

ESB Networks have all available resources on standby ahead of a Status Orange weather warning which comes into effect this afternoon. 

Gusts of up to 130km/h are expected but the province confirmed that the game will go ahead.

Leinster Rugby tweeted this afternoon: "following event control meeting at the @AVIVAStadium with all relevant authorities present, the #LEIvBAT game goes ahead at 5.30pm as normal.

"Please wrap up warm and bring water proofs but no umbrellas in the stadium. Safe trip to all supporters. Thank you."

Leinster scrapped to a gritty win at the Rec last week and will look to close the gap on Toulouse at the top of the pool with another defeat of Bath in Dublin.

Bath need a win to ensure that they retain an interest heading into rounds 5 and 6. 

Elsewhere, the Challenge Cup pool 1, round 4 match between Timisoara Saracens and Northampton Saints has been cancelled due to an unfit playing surface.

The match was due to be refereed by Irish woman Joy Neville but heavy snow rendered the pitch at the Dan Paltinisanu Stadium unplayable.