Racing 92

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Well hello there and welcome to our coverage of the 2018 European Rugby Champions Cup Final. Leinster v Racing 92 from the quite outstanding Estadio de San Memes in Blibao. I'm Rob Sutton.

European rugby has broken new ground today with this final being the first to take place outside of one of the Six Nations countries. Bilbao hosted the Challenge Cup Final last night, a brilliant match between Cardiff Blues and Gloucester which went the way of the Welsh side 31-30.

Some significant team news to bring with Dan Carter injured for Racing, he was only supposed to be on the bench but he has withdrawn, full line-ups coming next.

LEINSTER Kearney, Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Nacewa, Sexton, L McGrath, Healy, Cronin, Furlong, Toner, Ryan, Fardy, Leavy, Murphy Subs: Tracy, J McGrath, Porter, Ruddock, Conan, Gibson-Park, Carbery, O'Loughlin

RACING 92 Dupichot, Thomas, Vakatawa, Chavency, Andreu, Lambie, Iriberan, Ben Arous, Chat, Gomes Sa, Ryan, Nakarawa, Lauret, Le Roux, Nyanaga Subs: Avei, Kakovin, Johnston, Palu, Chouzenoux, Gilbert, Tales, Rokocoko

Victory for Leinster today would make them the joint most successful club in European Cup history, levelling the four wins by Toulouse. The Irish side have a perfect record in European finals, played three, won three. Racing 92 are in their second final, having lost to Saracens in 2016.

Magnificent setting out in Bilbao, despite limited travel preparation time, both sides are well represented.

It is hammering down in Bilbao, more like Dublin weather!

Racing 92 are taking the fields in berets! Brilliant stuff. Out they come alongside Leinster!

Our referee is English, Wayne Barnes in charge.