Leinster and Ireland star Johnny Sexton hailed the impact former England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made after they clinched the Champions Cup in Bilbao, Sky Sports report.

Leinster claimed their fourth European title with a dramatic 15-12 win over Racing 92 on Saturday.

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With no tries scored in the final, Isa Nacewa landed two penalties in the final six minutes to snatch a record equalling victory, with Leinster now joining Toulouse on four European triumphs.

Leinster coach Leo Cullen also made history by becoming the first person to lift the trophy both as a player and as a coach.

Sexton was full of praise for Cullen and former England boss Lancaster who joined the Irish province’s coaching staff in 2016.

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What a special coach to come in and do what he’s done, he did an unbelievable job with England. That gets overlooked by one result; a result in the World Cup that could have gone either way against Wales. However things turn out for a reason and we might not be European Champions today if England didn’t lose that game.

Leinster managed to complete their European campaign unbeaten in nine games, despite Sexton admitting they were unsure with how to cope with Racing’s game plan in the early stages.

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