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Donnacha Ryan at the heart of Racing side showing just one enforced change from win over Munster

The Paris club have again opted to keep Dan Carter in reserve when they take on Leinster.

RACING 92 HAVE made just the one enforced change from the side that overawed Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final for tomorrow’s final showdown with Leinster in Bilbao (BT / Sky Sports, kick-off 16.45 Irish time).

Dan Carter Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

With the marvellous Maxime Machenaud injured, Teddy Iribaren takes over the number nine jersey, partnering South Africa’s Pat Lambie at half-back while Dan Carter is among the replacements.

Otherwise, the starting XV is unchanged from Bordeaux and retiring Leinster skipper Isa Nacewa will line up opposite the elusive threat of Teddy Thomas.

Tipperary man Donnacha Ryan will be at the heart of the Paris club’s engine room alongside Leone Nakarawa.

Donnacha Ryan Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

In addition to back-up scrum-half Antoine Gibert, coaches Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers have rung the majority of their changes on the bench.

Dimitri Szarzewski’s injury means Ole Avei will deputise for Camille Chat, while the formidable presence of Census Johnston will appear as Racing’s tighthead at some point of the contest. Boris Palu is also brought into the matchday 23 after missing out on the win over Munster.

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Racing 92 (v Leinster)

15. Louis Dupichot
14. Teddy Thomas
13. Virimi Vakatawa
12. Henry Chavancy
11. Marc Andreu
10. Pat Lambie
9. Teddy Iribaren

1. Eddy Ben Arous
2. Camille Chat
3. Cedate Gomes Sa
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Bernard Le Roux
8. Yannick Nyanga

Replacements

16. Ole Avei
17. Vasil Kakovin
18. Census Johnston
19. Boris Palu
20. Baptiste Chouzenoux
21. Antoine Gibert
22. Dan Carter
23. Joe Rokocoko

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