Leinster set to spring selection surprise for Champions Cup final 3 years ago

Leinster set to spring selection surprise for Champions Cup final

What a shame for James Lowe.

Leinster will, this afternoon, name their team for the 2017/18 Champions Cup final and then have a run-out at Estadio San Mamés in Bilbao.

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The Blues flew out to Spain on a Thursday evening Aer Lingus flight and they brought a sizeable squad with them, including Michael Bent, Rory O'Loughlin, Barry Daly, Ross Byrne and Nick McCarthy.

Rhys Ruddock was also on-board and Leinster are poised to name him on the replacements bench for the Saturday evening kick-off against Racing 92. Jack Conan is also set to be named a sub so Ruddock, who has battled hamstring issues these past few months, would be on the bench to cover lock primarily but back row if needs must.

The big Leinster call is the destination of the No.14 jersey. It is unclear whether James Lowe is injured or just out of favour but the Kiwi looks set to miss out on the matchday 23 entirely.

Jordan Larmour will be handed the right wing slot vacated by the injured Fergus McFadden. The 21-year-old has made 19 appearances [10 starts] for Leinster in his breakthrough season but has only started three times on the wing.

Larmour's only appearance in the 14 jersey this season was in the Champions Cup pool match away to Montpellier, when he duelled with giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo.

EXPECTED LEINSTER XV

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15. Rob Kearney

14. Jordan Larmour
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Isa Nacewa

10. Johnny Sexton
9. Luke McGrath

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

Replacements: James Tracy, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson-Park, Joey Carbery, Rory O'Loughlin.