THE excitement is building ahead of Wasps' clash with Leinster at the RDS with the very real possibility that swimwear model and reality TV 'star' Kelly Brook may be at the match after she supported boyfriend Danny Cipriani at his club's win over Castres last weekend.
Although undeniably toothsome, Brook's 'celebrity' is more questionable -- but probably still sufficient to garner her an 'exclusive interview' on XPOSE, Ireland's premier (and only) celebrity gossip TV show. However, judging from the TV3 girls' previous 'exclusive interviews' (normally conducted at film openings in Leicester Square) this will involve a fake-tanned blonde shouting "Kelly, do you like Ireland?" in a south Dublin accent. To which Kelly will reply "yes" and move on.
The amount of references we can expect this week about Munster getting a winning bonus point against Sale.
Dry your eyes, mate
AN original rugby experience in Thomond Park last weekend when the exposed nature of the new press box saw towels distributed to the media before the game. The fact the towels were cold and handed out by disgruntled stewards rather than smiling air hostesses was all that came between some shivering scribblers and a long flight to Singapore fantasy.
Things to do in Stockport
FOR Munster fans travelling over to Stockport for this weekend's clash with Sale, here are a few things to do if you find yourself in the Edgeley Park area with time on your hands.
1. The 'Hat Works' -- It may sound like something you'd buy on a Monopoly board but, according to their tourism office, Stockport's Hat Works is "the only museum in Britain and Ireland dedicated to the exciting world of hats and hat-making". The only one? If we had a hat, we'd remove it for some head-scratching.
2. Staircase House -- Here, you are invited to "pull back the bedclothes on a four-poster bed, peel rush lights in the Tallow Room, and try your hand at 17th century quill pen writing". Oh, and there's a staircase ...
3. Stockport Art Museum -- They have an exhibition entitled 'Eat Your Art Out' where you can "respond to the exhibition through the medium of cake". If that doesn't satisfy you, there's a takeaway called 'The Butty Box' around the corner.
GET USED TO IT
This week's headline predictions -- 'Closing down Sale the key for McGahan'; 'Cheika plans to take the sting out of Wasps'; 'Castres rated by Robinson'; 'Exiles on main street after Connacht win'
"It's not easy coming to Stockport. It's not a nice place to visit." -- Sale's Luke McAlister does his bit for Stockport tourism ahead of Munster's visit next Sunday.
"One can never master the hazards of the weather but tonight it came off for me." -- Toulouse fly-half David Skrela auditions for the role of Mother Nature after his wind-assisted match-winning penalty against Bath.
"Some of the skills Elvis has are unbelievable and now we've seen them on show." -- The King lives, according to London Irish defence coach Barry John Mather.
"That Leinster team were there for the taking. However, they got in behind us." -- Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson (pictured right) assumes the position after his side's first-half hammering on Saturday.
Heineken Cup overall: Toulouse 9/2; Stade Francais 6/1; Munster 8/1; Leinster 10/1; Ulster 1000/1
Challenge Cup: Saracens 9/4; London Irish 11/4; Worcester 5/1; Northampton 8/1; Connacht 25/1