KIWI centre Rua Tipoki has urged the sell out at Thomond Park to give Ulster a white hot reception as the two clash in the Magners League derby.
Munster will go into the Limerick game as strong favourites as they lead the league and are European champions but they will have something to prove after being comprehensively beat 22-6 in Belfast in the first league meeting of the year and slipping up against Connacht last weekend.
Tipoki has defied the medical staff to take his place in the 25 man Munster squad for the return clash.
The New Zealander hasn’t been in action since limping off against the All Blacks with a knee injury in November and missed the Ravenhill clash but has recovered a head of schedule.
“I think the thing that sets Munster apart from other teams is the supporters, they are just unbelievable in the stadium.
“The crowd gives you great strength and courage when you’re out there and it makes you feel that you’re something bigger than yourself,” stated Tipoki.
He is likely to be reunited in midfield with fellow kiwi Lifeimi Mafi. Coach Tony McGahan has picked his squad with one eye of the clashes with the Ospreys and Sale in mind.
Once again captain Paul O’Connell is rested.
However O’Connell’s international partner Donncha O’Callaghan is recalled and the second row could be a key battle with Ulster missing Ryan Caldwell and Carlo Del Fava through injury.