Leinster's Jack Conan says his side is "chomping at the bit" for their crunch Guinness Pro14 clash with Munster in Thomond Park this Saturday.
The reigning champions head into this tie on the back of hard-fought victory over Connacht in their previous inter-pro, while Munster are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Ulster where they salvaged a losing bonus point at Kingspan Stadium.
Last year's derby clash saw Leinster edge out an eight-try epic on St Stephen's Day and Conan insists that another tight encounter awaits them this weekend.
"It's obviously a very tense affair. It's fantastic to be travelling down to Thomond Park to a nearly sold-out crowd. The lads are chomping at the bit to go."
"A lot of lads got their debut in the ring of fire down there last year, the likes of James Ryan and Jordan Larmour. That try Jordan scored stands out in everyone's mind. I think lads are going down with a bit more experience this time around and I think it'll really stand to us.
"The competition that they have at the moment and the standard is going to be high so it's going to be a good day."
Munster have made 12 changes to the team that lost out to Ulster and Johann van Graan has recalled some of his big game players for the tie including Keith Earls while CJ Stander is named to captain the side.
Conan and some of his other Leinster teammates are familiar with their Munster opponents from sharing a dressing room with them while on international duty, and he feels that will add another layer of excitement to the much-anticipated occasion.
"They're going well at the moment and they've a lot of confidence so it's going to be a tough test for us. It adds a bit of extra bite to the game, playing against lads you're playing in the Six Nations camp with for eight weeks at a time and you know so well.
"It brings out the best in people and really raises the stakes in the competition. It's great that Leo and Stuart have the confidence in the young lads to bring them through. The young lads are taking their opportunities really well."