Leinster Rugby clinched a home Play-Off in the RaboDirect PRO12 with a resounding 39-19 home win over reigning champions the Ospreys to earn themselves an Amlin Challenge Cup Final dress-rehearsal against Glasgow Warriors at the RDS next weekend.
Wing Andrew Conway struck with a hat-trick of tries before new British & Irish Lions prop Cian Healy raced the length of the 22 to score a bonus point try. Healy was one of four of Leinster's six Lions tourists to turn-out at the RDS on Friday night.
Glasgow were 20-3 winners in Connacht to secure a third place finish and earn a Play-Off trip to Dublin next weekend. The other Play-Off game will see Ulster Rugby, who finsihed top of the table at the end of the regular season, host the Scarlets at Ravenhill.
Brian O'Driscoll sat-out the latest home victory on the replacements bench, but he is expected to warm-up for his fourth Lions tour next month with games against Glasgow and then Stade Francais Paris in the Amlin CC final at RDS on Friday, 17 May.
Stade Francais travel to Biarritz Olympique, who were beaten by Leinster in the semi-finals of the Amlin CC, for the final round of Top 14 matches this weekend. Felipe Contepomi takes over the captaincy for the day.
The Parisian side also secured the signing of Queensland Reds and Australian wing Digby Ioane this week. He is due to join the club on 21 October.
The 27-year-old, New Zealand-born wing has scored 11 tries in 34 tests since his debut against Wales in Brisbane in 2007.
"Digby has been given an opportunity in France to secure the financial future for himself and his family. This was an extremely difficult decision for Digby to make but as the provider for his family, we completely understand his position to pursue a deal overseas," said ," Queensland Rugby chief Jim Carmichael.
Ioane has played 63 times for the Reds after returning to the province from the Western Force in 2008 and was part of the side that won the 2011 Super Rugby title. He will join fellow Wallaby wing Drew Mitchell (Toulon) and South African speedster Bryan Habana (Toulon) as newcomers in the Top 14 next season.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.