What will happen? How is the mood among the masses? All Leinster and La Rochelle ultras supporters and even neutrals are encouraged to email me or tweet With thoughts about today’s masterpiece.
Forget the Cannes Film Festival who works all week. If people want to enjoy the sweeping drama, all they have to do is venture down the Mediterranean coast to the Stade Vélodrome, where a Shakespeare-style duel awaits. For Romeo and Tybalt, read Johnny Sexton and Ronan O’Gara.
Leinster has not changed From the quarter-finals and semi-finals, which seems like a testament to their fitness and conditioning – one of the many things they’ve done right this season. Both Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe passed their fitness tests to get into the starting lineup.
La Rochelle misses injury No. 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow and winger Victor Vito. Thomas Bergon and Matthias Haddad replaced Kerr Barlow and Vito, respectively. Australian Will Skelton returns to the back row and Bryce Doolin returns to full-back.
Lester: Keenan, J. O’Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe, Sexton, Gibson Park, Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Moloney, Ryan, Doris, Van der Velleer, Conan. alternative: Sheehan, Healy, Allotwa, J. McCarthy, Ruddock, McGrath, R. Byrne, Frawley.
Rochelle: Dulin, Leyds, Sinzelle, Danty, Rhule, West, Berjon, Priso, Bourgarit, Atonio, Lavault, Skelton, Liebenberg, Haddad and Alldritt. alternative: Bush, pink, slave, sazi, bordeaux, retiere, potia, favre.
Rule: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Can someone stop Leinster? Leo Cullen’s versatile team’s progress in the subsequent rounds of the Champions Cup was muted. They beat Premier League leaders Leicester in Gallagher in the quarter-finals before dominating Toulouse in the semi-finals. Their campaign was also marked by some crushing victories before that, with many teams trying and sometimes failing to strike the perfect balance between power and accuracy. Leinster’s traction, the speed of the ball it can generate on the plates, and the unparalleled wit and accuracy of Johnny Sexton’s half-fly hand often prove to be an irresistible combination.
On the other hand, if there is one manager you choose to try to derail the Irish province, it is Ronan O’Jara of La Rochelle, who knows Leinster intimately and as a proud citizen of Munster with an extra dose of today’s meeting he will come close to determination. . His personal rivalry with Sexton is another factor that fuels him even more. Players on the field will also be very useful, with Grand Slam winner Gregory Aldrett, Jonathan Dante and France’s Brice Dolin among the 15th starting lineup. The French team will likely handle the heat around 30 degrees Celsius in Marseille, moreover.
here we are. At the Stade Vélodrome on the southern coast of France, the season for high-speed collisions and high-level skills in the Champions Cup lasts 80 minutes. Team news, pre-match reading and more coming soon.
Departure: 4.45 p.m.