Shaun Payne is expecting a tough test for Munster at Connacht
Munster team manager Shaun Payne maintains the Heineken Cup semi-final against Biarritz has to take priority over their Magners League trip to Irish rivals Connacht.
Nearly all of the Munster's RBS 6 Nations contingent have been wrapped up in cotton wool ahead of their crucial trip to the south of France.
In their place are a combination of squad and academy players will start at the Sportsground but with a Magners League play-off place far from secure, Payne maintains the stand-ins will still be expected to deliver.
He said: "There's three games left in the competition and we can't afford to be dropping any points at this stage.
"It's Connacht at The Sportsground. Every year it's a very close game and obviously we came a cropper last year.
"We won the game last weekend so we've a semi final coming up and whatever happens after that.
"There are vital League games to follow this one and obviously with a challenge like this, the temptation is to pick your frontline team. But we have to take cognisance of what lies ahead and plan accordingly.
"This is a vital game. Every single game at this stage of the competition is a vital game. But this one first and it is a question of balancing the books."
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.