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How To Watch Leinster v La Rochelle In Champions Cup Final

How To Watch Leinster v La Rochelle In Champions Cup Final
By Luke Delaney Updated

Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle is all that stands between Leinster and their fifth Heineken Champions Cup title, but Leinster will be keen to avenge their semifinal defeat to La Rochelle in last years' Heineken Champions Cup. Here is all the information you need to know including how to watch Leinster v La Rochelle.

When is Leinster v La Rochelle?

The game kicks off at 4:45pm on Saturday the 28th of May.

How to watch Leinster v La Rochelle

BT Sport 2 will start coverage from 2:30pm. The game is also on Virgin Media Sport 2 and Channel 4. 

Form Guide

Leinster booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup final after a 40-17 victory over reigning champions Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium. Tries from Hugo Keenan, Josh Van Der Flier and two from James Lowe sealed the win for Leo Cullen's side.

La Rochelle beat Leinster 32-23 in the semifinal last season before losing out to Toulouse in the final.

Leinster remained all fifteen players that started the semifinal in their game against Munster last Saturday. Despite naming a completely different starting XV, Leinster cruised to a 35-25 win over Johann Van Graan's side.

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La Rochelle defeated Racing 92 in the other semifinal by a score of 20-13. A win over Stade Francais last week moved Ronan O'Gara's side into fourth place in the Top 14 table but they remain six points behind leaders Montpellier.

It will be the first time this season that La Rochelle face a club outside the Top 14 in the knockout stages after beating Montpellier and Bordeaux Begles in previous rounds of the Champions Cup.

Both sides are well represented in the nominations for ECPR Player of the Year with Josh Van Der Flier, James Lowe, Caelan Doris and La Rochelle captain Gregory Alldritt all in cotention for the award.

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Team News

Leo Cullen has named an unchanged starting XV from the side who beat Toulouse in the quarterfinal, with James Lowe and Tadhg Furlong selected to start after picking up injuries in the last game.

Garry Ringrose will earn his 100th cap for the province at centre, alongside Robbie Henshaw who is set to start his 50th champions cup game.

A 100th European Cup appearance awaits Cian Healy who starts from the bench.

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La Rochelle have named four changes to their side that beat Racing 92 in the last round with Will Skelton and Matthias Haddad coming in for Remi Picquette and Victor Vito in the pack.

Thomas Berjon replaces Tawera Kerr-Barlow at scrum half and Brice Dulin comes in for Jules Favre in the back three.

 

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See Also: Ronan O'Gara As Worried About Top 14 Clash As He Is About Champions Cup Final

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