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Leinster go into Champions Cup final without James Lowe as Gibson-Park provides cover

Isa Nacewa is captain on what will be his final European match for the province.

Gibson-Park and McGrath in training this week.
Gibson-Park and McGrath in training this week.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

LEINSTER HEAD COACH Leo Cullen has resisted the temptation of recalling James Lowe to European action for tomorrow’s Champions Cup final against Racing 92 (BT / Sky Sports, kick-off 16.45 Irish time) in Bilbao.

Instead of this season’s marquee signing, Leinster have opted to retain Jamison Gibson-Park among the replacements in case of any recurrence of starting scrum-half Luke McGrath’s ankle injury.

Lowe’s favoured left wing berth will be ably occupied by captain Isa Nacewa, with 20-year-old Jordan Larmour making just his third European start on the right.

Jordan Larmour Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

As with the quarter and semi-final, Scott Fardy is deployed in Leinster’s back row with Devin Toner and James Ryan in the lock positions. Jack Conan and Rhys Ruddock provide back row cover behind the in-form Dan Leavy and Jordi Murphy.

Jonathan Sexton starts his fourth European Cup final at out-half and will hope to steer Leinster to their fourth success.

Leinster (v Racing 92)

15. Rob Kearney
14. Jordan Larmour
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Isa Nacewa (Capt).
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Luke McGrath

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1. Cian Healy
2. Seán Cronin
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Devin Toner
5. James Ryan
6. Scott Fardy
7. Dan Leavy
8. Jordi Murphy


16. James Tracy
17. Jack McGrath
18. Andrew Porter
19. Rhys Ruddock
20. Jack Conan
21. Jamison Gibson-Park
22. Joey Carbery
23. Rory O’Loughlin

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