Outgoing captain Al Kellock has been dumped to the bench along with part genius, part liability Niko Matawalu as Glasgow Warriors look to keep their consistent improvements going and reward their growing support with a first ever title.
It probably represents Glasgow’s strongest available team, given the injuries they have and the backline just about picked itself especially given what happened last week. An interesting Ravenhill (sorry, warm Kingspan) welcome will await Niko from the bench I am sure.
Up front you could perhaps query the omission of Adam Ashe in favour of Ryan Wilson, probably no-one’s ideal openside flanker but who has appeared strongly from the bench in recent weeks, perhaps keen to play his way into favour in Glasgow and beyond. It says a lot about Scotland’s trials at hooker that Dougie Hall – who many thought had started his last for Glasgow at his farewell game – finds himself back in the hot seat with neither Fraser Brown nor Pat MacArthur able to replace him with any great chutzpah.
They will face a Munster team similarly wobbly with injury but who will be no less determined to send their retiring second row Paul O’ Connell off with a win. Ahh, the symmetry.
Good luck to Glasgow.
Teams for PRO12 final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast (kick-off: 18:30 BST, live on BBC Two Scotland, Radio Scotland and Sky Sports)
Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Richie Vernon, Peter Horne, DTH van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Henry Pyrgos, Gordon Reid, Dougie Hall, Rossouw de Klerk, Leone Nakarawa, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson, Josh Strauss (captain).
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Jon Welsh, Al Kellock, Chris Fusaro, Niko Matawalu, Duncan Weir, Sean Lamont.
Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley (captain), Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha; Billy Holland, Paul O’Connell; Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Butler, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Sean Dougall, Jack O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, Ronan O’Mahony.