Just to break the boxing trend for a quick post.
Gerry Thornley reports today in the Irish Times of changes to the qualification process for the Heineken Cup.
It's a tad verbose, but effectively if Munster and Leinster are to continue their success in the competition it will automatically qualify Connacht a place.
This is great news - I am sure some die-hard fans would prefer to see the West province qualify by finishing ahead of Ulster in the Magner's but had you offered an automatic place to Connacht players for the 2007 season after Munster won their first title, I dare you to find me someone who would have turned it down.
This is indeed intriguing news, and no more so then the day it has appeared in print.
Tonight Connacht face Ulster in the first Irish derby of the Magner's league season.
Both teams are dealing with losses to key players, but to me it makes it an even more interesting game.
Can Connacht repeat last years feat and turn over the home teams in Galway?
Will the 8 o'clock kick off provide enough time for any rugby fan in the West to pack the Sportsground.
I hope so, personally I'm hoping to get home in time to catch it on tv. There is enough riding on the game for both teams for it to be a spirited affair.
Here's to the health of Irish rugby for the season - and a possible 4 Irish Teams in the Heineken Cup for the 2010-11 season!
Edit: Link to Liam Toland's piece in today's Irish Times about Connacht.
For me Toland is one of the best analysts of the game both in paper and on TV. If Conor O'Shea was ever to leave RTE's rugby coverage they should immediately snap this man up from Setanta. Objective, concise and informative.