Leinster Rugby and the Official Leinster Supporters Club are calling for a Sea of Blue to welcome the team to Newcastle for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup Final.
Maps have been created to highlight a meeting point where the thousands of fans who have travelled over for the game should gather to line the route that the team bus will be taking to the stadium.
The flags created by Leinster and primary sponsor Bank of Ireland have been one of the real features of being a Leinster fan and should make for a great spectacle inside and outside the stadium.
The welcome at Bilbao last year, and lift it gave the team has been a point of reference for Leinster players and coaches throughout this season. That is what they are looking to encourage again in even greater numbers.
“Our fans have been unbelievable all year,” said James Ryan speaking to the Leinster Rugby Digital team recently.
“I mentioned after the Toulouse game, the Sea of Blue we had driving in was unbelievable, there were people in blue lining the streets.”
The Leinster Rugby team bus will enter St James’ Park at an entrance on Barrack Road, just north of and adjacent to the main reception area. The bus will arrive at approximately 3 pm, two hours before the start time for the game.
For those who can’t make it the match will be televised live on Virgin Media One and on Channel 4 with live Radio coverage as part of an extended Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio One.
It will also be broadcast live to France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, the Middle East, Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Leinster are bidding to make history by becoming the first team in the history of the competition to win it five times. They currently stand on four titles and have never lost a Final.
Saracens have won twice before, with back to back triumphs in 2016 and 2017. They have lost a final, going down 23-6 to Toulon in 2014.
This year’s final is as tight a game as any previous final with Sport for Business member Paddy Power shading Saracens as the favourite by the slimmest of margins. They are at odds of 1.91 or 10/11 while Leinster are 2.0 or Evens. A draw is a 20/1 chance.
If the game does finish level then there will be two periods of ten minutes of extra time. If that can’t separate the teams the winner will be the team that scored the most tries and if that is also all square it will go to a placekicker competition.
After a week of an incredible sporting drama maybe, just maybe it will finish on a high of excitement on Saturday, with Leinster winning of course.
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