Weather forecast favours Blues – Everything you need to know about Leinster v Racing 92 ahead of the Champions Cup final
Leinster take on French side Racing 92 in the final of the Champions Cup, with the Irish side looking to win their fourth European title, and their first in six years.
Here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s game.
Where is it on?
The final this year takes place in the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Northern Spain.
What’s the weather forecast?
There had been fears Leinster could suffer a similar fate to Munster in the semi-final, where the Irish side struggled under the blistering heat in Bordeaux. However, the weather forecast for Bilbao on Saturday is a cool 14 degrees, overcast with the chance of showers. In other words, conditions Leinster will encounter on any other week of the year, and the weather should not be a significant factor this weekend.
When is it on?
Kick-off in Bilbao is on Saturday at 16:45 Irish time.
Where can I watch it?
On TV you can watch the final on BT Sport 2 and Sky Sports Action, and online you can follow the game on our live blog on independent.ie.
What’s at stake?
Leinster are in their first European final since the 2011-12 season, where they won their third title. Only Toulouse have won four European cups, and Leinster would be joining that elite group with victory in Bilbao.
Racing are yet to win Europe’s premier club competition, reaching the final for the first time two seasons ago but they fell short against English side Saracens.
What are the teams?
Official line-ups will not be announced until Friday, but we know for certain on the Leinster side that Fergus McFadden, Sean O’Brien and Josh van der Flier will play no part due to injury.
The positive news for Leinster is that Luke McGrath is fit again and is expected to replace Jamison Gibson-Park at scrum-half, in the process opening the door for James Lowe to come in on the wing.
The biggest loss on the Racing side is undoubtedly that of scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, goal kicker and captain in that semi-final win over Munster in Bordeaux, and one of the French club’s most influential playmakers. New Zealand legend Dan Carter will also be looking to win his first European Cup and he will surely play a role, whether from the start or coming off the bench as he did in the semi-final against Munster.