Robbie Henshaw returns for Champions Cup final

May 19, 2023 12:19 By Dave Hooper
Robbie Henshaw returns for Champions Cup final
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Robbie Henshaw will start for Leinster in their Champions Cup final with La Rochelle in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Robbie Henshaw is back in the Leinster team for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions cup final with La Rochelle.

Leo Cullen has made two changes from the team that beat Toulouse in the semi-final. Robbie Henshaw replaces Charlie Ngatai at inside centre, and James Lowe comes onto the wing, in place of Jordan Larmour.

James Ryan will captain the Leinster team with Hugo Keenan starts at full-back. Jimmy O’Brien and Lowe in the back three.


Garry Ringrose and Henshaw are named in the centre, with Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park partnering in the half-backs.

The pack remains unchanged from the semi-final win. Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan and Tadhg Furlong in the front row, as Ross Molony and Ryan form the second row.

Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan complete the pack.


On the bench, Cian Healy is set to become the first player in the history of the competition to feature in seven Heineken Champions Cup Finals.

Healy is also in line to become Leinster’s most-capped player in European competition, making his 105th appearance, overtaking Gordon D’Arcy’s long-standing record.


  1. Hugo Keenan
  2. Jimmy O’Brien
  3. Garry Ringrose
  4. Robbie Henshaw
  5. James Lowe
  6. Ross Byrne
  7. Jamison Gibson-Park
  1. Andrew Porter
  2. Dan Sheehan
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Ross Molony
  5. James Ryan (C)
  6. Caelan Doris
  7. Josh van der Flier
  8. Jack Conan


  1. Rónan Kelleher
  2. Cian Healy
  3. Michael Ala’alatoa
  4. Jason Jenkins
  5. Ryan Baird
  6. Luke McGrath
  7. Ciarán Frawley
  8. Charlie Ngatai

Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)

Leinster v La Rochelle


Heineken Champions Cup Final

Aviva Stadium, KO: 4:45pm

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