Glasgow Warriors centre Mark Bennett has thanked Scotland coach Vern Cotter for allowing him to miss their summer tour to Japan so he could focus on earning a place in the Team GB men's sevens Olympic squad.
While Jack McGrath admits the majority of rugby fans will probably be on the side of Cinderella men Connacht for Guinness PRO12 final glory, the Leinster prop is determined to spoil their party in Edinburgh.
The boot of AJ MacGinty booked Connacht a meeting with Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 Final next weekend after the men from Galway edged past reigning champions Glasgow Warriors 16-11 at the Sportsground.
You might think that Connacht's defeat of Glasgow Warriors on the final day of the Guinness PRO12 regular season gives the Irish side the psychological advantage heading into Saturday's semi-final rematch.
If Ulster are to beat Leinster and reach the Guinness PRO12 final, they will have to overcome a number of statistical obstacles, yet Ulster skipper Rory Best claims the pressure will all be on their Dublin-based opponents.