Munster forward RG Snyman's recovery from a long-term knee injury is progressing well with the giant lock back running.
The World Cup-winning Springbok suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament tear (ACL) just minutes into his debut for the province in last August's Guinness Pro14 match against Leinster.
"Today was a good day," the 26-year-old second row wrote on his Instagram page.
"First day of running in six months, step by step getting closer to being back on the field. I’ll be back."
Meanwhile, Roman Salanoa was removed with a head injury in Cardiff on Friday and is undergoing return to play protocols, as is Thomas Ahern, who suffered an injury in training.
Ireland internationals Craig Casey, Andrew Conway, Shane Daly and Chris Farrell have all returned from national camp to Munster training this week ahead of Friday's night's derby clash with Connacht at Thomond Park.
Follow Munster v Connacht (7.35pm, Friday) and Ulster v Leinster (7.35pm, Saturday) via our live blogs on RTE.ie and the RTÉ News app or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and RTÉ Radio 1.
We need your consent to load this comcast-player contentWe use comcast-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences
Follow Scotland v Ireland (kick-off 3pm, Sunday 14 March) via our live blog on RTE.ie and the RTÉ News app or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport. Highlights on Against the Head on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.