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Former World Rugby Player of the Year on bench as Champions Cup final squads are announced

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Friday May 24, 2024

The Champions Cup final is set to take place at the incredible Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the two greatest ever European clubs take to the stage in the almighty ‘best of the best’ battle.

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The occasion is one that nobody can really predict at this stage, with neither side particularly argued to be favourites. Both teams came through their semi’s against English sides that threatened to upset the party a round early, but both Leinster and Toulouse proved that they had what it took to win in the most important and tense of matches.

Toulouse, known for their open and fluid rugby are currently the most successful club team in the top tier of European rugby, with no less than five Champions Cup trophies to their name. Challenging the red of Toulouse will be the blue of Leinster who sit one star behind them on four Champions Cup victory’s.

The teams have been released, with both sides packing a truly deadly bench including former World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year Josh van der Flier for Leinster, as well as French fullback, Thomas Ramos.

Leinster Rugby

15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Jordan Larmour, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Jamie Osborne, 11. James Lowe, 10. Ross Byrne, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park, 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Joe McCarthy, 5. Jason Jenkins, 6. Ryan Baird, 7. Will Connors, 8. Caelan Doris (c)

Replacements:

16. Ronan Kelleher, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Michael Ala’alatoa, 19. James Ryan, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Luke McGrath, 22. Ciaran Frawley, 23. Josh van der Flier

Toulouse

15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Juan Cruz Mallia, 13. Paul Costes, 12. Pita Ahki, 11. Matthis Lebel, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont (c), 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Dorian Aldegheri, 4. Thibaud Flament, 5. Emmanuel Meafou, 6. Jack Willis, 7. François Cros, 8. Alexandre Roumat

Replacements:

16. Julien Marchand, 17. Rodrigue Neti, 18. Joel Merkler, 19. Richie Arnold, 20. Joshua Brennan, 21. Paul Graou, 22. Santiago Chocobares, 23. Thomas Ramos

Referee: Matthew Carley (Eng)

AR1: Karl Dickson (Eng)

AR2: Andrea Piardi (Ita)

TMO: Ian Tempest (Eng)

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