Fardy and Leinster crowned European champions

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He changed the quarter-final against Clermont and the game changed a lot when he came on against Munster.

Three-time winners Leinster look to preserve their flawless European Champions Cup final record as they meet Racing 92 in Bilbao.

It also meant that Leo Cullen, who won the European Cup three times as a Leinster player, became the first person to lift the trophy both as player and as coach.

Racing had the chance to equalise from a drop goal at the death but Talès missed his shot and Leinster took the title.

Pat Lambie then sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French worldwide Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise.

Lambie was also the designated place-kicker, after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud was ruled out through injury in recent weeks, and was consoled by former Ireland global Donnacha Ryan as he left the field.

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The Irish province's veteran New Zealand-born captain Nacewa, who retires at the end of the season, broke the line, but the winger capped once by Fiji was hauled back by opposite number Teddy Thomas.

Leinster kick off against Racing in Bilbao at 5:45pm on Saturday evening.

"He still a world-class player who will be keen to make an impact when he does come on".

But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot.

Sexton badly fluffed a long-range effort as Leinster, for all their territorial dominance, couldn't quite find their rhythm amid Racing's desperate, hard-hitting defence.

The sides were level 6-6 at the break.

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