Dan Carter ruled out of European Cup final

Many said it wouldn’t last but the partnership of Stuart Lancaster and head coach Leo Cullen at Leinster has so far proved a marriage made in rugby heaven

Many said it wouldn’t last but the partnership of Stuart Lancaster and head coach Leo Cullen at Leinster has so far proved a marriage made in rugby heaven

Leinster had scored 31 tries in their eight Champions Cup games this season but they never broke the deadlock as Racing defended furiously throughout a tight match.

There was plenty of shadow boxing but little evidence of flair or trickery, certainly not enough for either Leinster or Racing to break down their opponent's defence in the first half of Saturday's Champions Cup decider.

Leinster are looking for their 4th European Cup success and their first since 2012.

"And we're going to have to find that gear against Racing because they are an incredible team with a lot of big names and big-game experience".

Text your Man of the Match to 083-3069696 with be in with a chance of winning a €50 Detail Menswear Carlow and Kilkenny voucher. The Irish club have been outstanding in this season's competition and will be hard to stop if they reproduce the form which dismantled Scarlets in the semi-final last month. Leo Cullen and Stuart are both really, really good. Devin Toner starts in the second row with James Ryan, Leinster's Young Player of the Year award recipient, beside him. The Top 14 side have another opportunity after progess this year despite finishing second in their pool.

The Parisians have once more raised a few eyebrows with their run to the final, especially toppling Munster in the semi-final after finishing below them in their group.

He was enormous in their semi-final win over Munster, making 20 tackles and constantly slowing down ball.

Of the Racing 92 contingent, Maxime Machenaud has already been ruled out of the final through injury. This is a significant blow for the outsiders with their influential captain missing.

Ryan, meanwhile, is still awaiting his first defeat since breaking into both the Leinster and Ireland sides over the past 12 months.

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Racing went ahead with an Iribaren penalty but Sexton levelled.

Still, scrum-half Teddy Iribaren nailed an early penalty to give the French underdogs a 3-0 lead.

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