A former Ireland prop believes Munster and Leinster may lock horns again several more times before the end of the current campaign.
The two sides meet on Saturday in the PRO14 at Thomond Park, with the European Champions Cup having been shelved due to the escalating pandemic.
The newly-created Rainbow Cup, due to start in March, has now been thrown into doubt, with Ireland’s players needing minutes before Six Nations and Lions campaigns later this year.
Clonlara man Marcus Horan believes the IRFU might need to consider running an interprovincial series to keep elite players fresh.
Meanwhile, Munster centre Damien De Allende wants to put Leinster under as much pressure as possible during this weekend’s clash.
Johaan Van Graan’s side will be aiming to break a streak of four losses in a row to Leinster in all competitions.
De Allende says Leinster will pose a very different challenge from Munster’s last European victory away to Clermont.