"Xavier Rush is suffering from a throat infection and won't be involved this weekend, so I'm honoured to lead the troops out for the match."
"Hopefully it will be a hat trick of wins for me as we won when I captained the team at home against Ulster and also out in Galway previously - hopefully that is a lucky omen when we play Connacht this weekend."
"I don't think the role will affect my game hugely, but it is a role that I will take seriously. We have a job to do out in Connacht and we are all focused on that."
Martyn Williams gets a well earned rest while Jamie Robinson has a slight groin strain and is also rested as a precaution.