Leinster’s ruthless edge can complete greenwash in Champions Cup final

Boasting 18 players involved in Ireland’s grand slam triumph, the region will look to spoil Dan Carter’s European swansong for Racing 92 in Bilbao

The Champions Cup final has yet to be played but Leinster can already claim to be Europe’s best, having answered every question thrown at them by the pick of the domestic leagues. The Irish region’s route to Saturday’s showpiece in Bilbao took in a home-and-away double over the Premiership champions, Exeter, and the club that have finished as leaders of the Top 14, Montpellier, before the delivery of knockout blows to the holders, Saracens, and the winners of last season’s Pro12, the Scarlets.

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