O'Callaghan happy to fight for his jersey

MUNSTER kick-start an important couple of weeks with trips to Leinster and Racing Metro following tonight's clash with the Ospreys in Wales (Kick-off 6.30, Live on RTé 2).

Donncha O'Callaghan is far and away the most capped forward in tonight's squad and is relishing the competition for places that has emerged in the opening weeks of the season.

"It can only be a good thing," he says, "both from a personal point of view and from a squad perspective."

"There's a huge challenge laid down. By Billy (Holland), then Donnacha Ryan on the bench, Dave Foley's there and of course Paulie (O'Connell) not too far off.

"But it's good. It's good for the team and it's good to have that quality of player with their level of ambition challenging all the time."

Ulster back on top

Ulster returned to the top of the RaboDirect Pro 12 with a seven-try performance at the Arms Park which will have served as a worthy tribute to young centre Nevin Spence, who died in an accident on the family farm.

The Irish pack provided the platform and their backs ran riot in the second half, with the Blues defence leaking like a colander.

It was always going to be an emotional occasion, the first Ulster game since the tragedy - marked by a minute's silence and Spence's initials on the visitors' shirts.

Michael Allen, Nick Williams(2), Tommy Bowe(2), Jared Payne and Andrew Trimble crossed the whitewash for the Ulstermen in a very impressive performance.