Leinster and Saracens will meet this Saturday in the Champions Cup final. The highly-anticipated clash will see Leinster search for a fifth star to add to their badge and a defence of their crown. Saracens, on the other hand, are looking to make it a third title in four years. The two teams last met in last year’s quarter-final, with Leinster blowing Saracens away in the second half to win 30-19. This year’s final looks set to be much closer, with both sides boasting plenty of international quality. So we’ve decided to take a look at who should make a combined XI of the two sides.
1 - Cian Healy
Healy has been a key member of the Leinster squad in recent years and will bring plenty of experience at St James’ Park on Saturday.
2 - Sean Cronin
Cronin, like Healy, makes it into the team off his club and country experience, which could prove crucial on Saturday.
3 - Tadhg Furlong
Furlong joins his Ireland teammates in the side. The 26-year-old has been in fine form this season, which was recognised in recent weeks with a nomination for the EPCR European Player of the Year award.
4 - Maro Itoje
The first Saracens player to make the squad is England international Itoje. The 24-year-old was at the heart of Saracens’ 32-16 semi-final win over Munster last month.
5 - James Ryan
Leinster’s Players’ Player of the Year has had an excellent season and the second-row will be looking to cap off the campaign with a Champions Cup triumph.
6 - Michael Rhodes
Rhodes put in a phenomenal individual display against Munster last month to help Saracens to the final and could play a key part in the club winning a third title in four years.
7 - Sean O'Brien
Experienced Irish international O’Brien will join London Irish later this year and will be desperate to help Leinster to another Champions Cup crown. He makes the team based on his disciplined season.
8 - Billy Vunipola
Powerful number 8 Vunipola played in every minute of Saracens’ semi-final win last month and makes our side despite his controversial last few months off the pitch.
9 - Ben Spencer
Spencer has impressed this season for Saracens and has been tipped for a spot in England’s World Cup squad later this year so could be one to watch on Saturday.
10 - Johnny Sexton
Sexton pips Saracens’ Owen Farrell to the number 10 spot purely based off experience. The pair will both play vital roles in attempting to guide their side to a win on Saturday, however, Irishman Sexton gets our nod at 10.
11 - James Lowe
Lowe is set to keep his place in the Leinster side on Saturday after an impressive semi-final display. An impressive 20 tries in his 27 games for Leinster makes him one to watch on Saturday.
12 - Robbie Henshaw
Henshaw will be looking to claim his second Champions Cup title with Leinster on Saturday and makes our team after his impressive personal season.
13 - Garry Ringrose
Another Leinster player to be nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year award, Ringrose couldn’t be left out of our side after what he has done this season.
14 - Jordan Larmour
Leinster wing Larmour has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award at the 2019 Zurich awards and makes our team after his excellent season.
15 - Alex Goode
Saracens legend Goode has been a standout performer in the Premiership this season and has been nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year award as a result. The 31-year-old could play a huge part in the final outcome on Saturday.