Leinster Rugby and Stade Toulousain went head to head at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the Investec Champions Cup Final 2023/24

This Saturday, the Champions Cup final will feature a clash of titans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, as Toulouse and Leinster vie for European supremacy. Kick-off is scheduled for 2.45pm.

Venue and Viewing Details The match is set to take place in the modern, 63,000-seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Fans can catch the action live on RTÉ and TNT Sports, with additional coverage provided by RTÉ radio and live updates from The Irish Times starting two hours before the game.

Team Lineups and Key Players Leinster will see Hugo Keenan returning from injury, taking a starting position after his performance against Ulster. Unfortunately, Garry Ringrose misses out due to fitness concerns. The team has made strategic adjustments, with Jason Jenkins restored to the second row. Key players like Ryan Baird and Caelan Doris will be crucial in the backrow.

Toulouse fields a strong lineup, featuring Blair Kinghorn as a notable starter over Thomas Ramos. The team is led by the influential Antoine Dupont, showcasing a lineup expected to challenge for the title.

Leinster Squad:

  • Starters: Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw, Jamie Osborne, James Lowe; Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, Jason Jenkins, Ryan Baird, Will Connors, Caelan Doris (capt).
  • Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Michael Ala’alatoa, James Ryan, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Ciaran Frawley, Josh van der Flier.

Stade Toulousain Squad:

  • Starters: Blair Kinghorn; Juan Cruz Mallia, Paul Costes, Pita Ahki, Matthis Lebel; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (capt); Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Dorian Aldegheri, Thibaud Flament, Emmanuel Meafou, Jack Willis, François Cros, Alexandre Roumat.
  • Replacements: Julien Marchand, Rodrigue Neti, Joel Merkler, Richie Arnold, Joshua Brennan, Paul Graou, Santiago Chocobares, Thomas Ramos.

Referee: Matthew Carley from England will oversee the match.

Path to the Final Leinster dominated their pool games and overcame tough knock-out stages, including a notable victory over La Rochelle. Toulouse also showcased their prowess by comfortably advancing through their pool and knock-out stages, with their last Champions Cup win in 2021. Leinster, meanwhile, last lifted the trophy in 2018 and has reached the final in the last two years without clinching the title.

This final presents a rare battle between two of the most decorated clubs in European rugby, making it a must-watch for fans around the world.

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