The European powerhouse has what appears a favourable run-in
It’s a quirk of the way fixtures have been set-up, but after their demolition of Leicester 55-24, it looks like we could see powerhouse Leinster win Champions Cup glory while playing all their knock-out games in Dublin. The quarter-final victory was at Aviva Stadium, where the Champions Cup final will be held 20 May 2023.
Leinster also played two home games in the pool rounds played at the Aviva – against Racing 92 and Ulster respectively. Should they win their semi-final and make it to the showcase final, that will mean a string of vital matches in familiar territory.
The final of this season’s Champions Cup were intended to be held at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground, however due to the knock-on effects of the FIFA World Cup being held at the end of last year, and it impacting the Premier League football calendar, things were moved to Dublin. For some naysayers, this has felt like rolling out the blue carpet for one of Europe’s strongest sides.
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How to watch Champions Cup final live stream
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Champions Cup and Challenge Cup coverage: How to watch from elsewhere
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