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BKT United Rugby Championship Round 8: All you need to know

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After three weeks off, the BKT United Rugby Championship returns this weekend, as we head into a busy middle-third of the season for the provinces.Ten games in as many weeks, six of those in the URC, with some big European and Interprovincial games to navigate along the way, including the Christmas and New Year derbies.First up on Friday night is Ulster, who were impressive in winning five of their first six games in the opening block.Dan McFarland's side lie second in the table, eight points back from Leinster with a game in hand after their meeting with the Sharks in Durban had to be postponed due to a bug in the tourists' camp.They'll be heavy favourites to pick up where they left off in October, welcoming bottom side Zebre Parma to Kingspan Stadium.Leaders Leinster are in action on Saturday afternoon, looking to maintain their 100% record against a Glasgow side that have been up and down in their six games, winning three and losing three.The big game of the night is at Thomond Park on Saturday night though.

Munster host Connacht, looking for revenge for their 20-11 defeat in October's meeting at the Sportsground.TVLeinster v Glasgow Warriors (Saturday, 3.15pm) is live on RTÉ1 and RTÉ Player, while Munster v Connacht (Saturday, 7.35pm) is available to watch on TG4.RADIORTÉ Radio 1 will have live commentary of Leinster v Glasgow at the RDS, while you can also hear commentary of Munster v Connacht on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.ONLINERTE.ie/sport will have live scoring across the weekend with match reports and reaction from the grounds.

All games are live on URC TV.WEATHERConditions look ideal for Ulster v Zebre Parma on Friday night, with temperatures of around 8C, and no rain forecast in Belfast.

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