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A Munster v Leinster final would be a mouth-watering prospect

AS the build-up mounts to this week-end’s Champions Cup semi-finals, the prospect of an all-Irish final appears more than just a possibility. Leinster, with home advantage, will be favourites to beat the Scarlets while Munster, fresh from that ‘clean sweep’ in South Africa, also appear to be ready for one of their biggest of challenges.
A Leinster v Munster final in Bilbao on May 12 would not alone be the dream pairing for both sets of fans, and the first of its kind in the history of the competition, but it would put Irish rugby, on the back of the Six Nations grand slam, even higher up on the world rankings.
The results of Saturday and Sunday will decide.
According to the organisers of the European Cup competitions, more than 100,000 fans at four atmospheric venues, as well as a global television audience, will be cheering Europe’s elite clubs on to possible glory this weekend with places in the landmark finals weekend in Bilbao up for grabs.
The Champions Cup semi-finalists boast five titles between them in the tournament recognised around the world as The one to win. Leinster Rugby have three so far in their trophy cabinet and following their impressive triumph over back-to-back champions Saracens, the Scarlets now lie in wait at the Aviva Stadium.
Last season’s Guinness PRO12 winners are on the cusp of a first European Cup final appearance as they take on this season’s number-one ranked club live on Sky Sports tomorrow (15.30 local time) in front of what promises to be another big Dublin attendance.
Like the Scarlets, Racing 92 are looking to become the 12th club to inscribe their name on the trophy when they clash with Munster Rugby in the Champions Cup for the fifth time in two seasons, live on BT Sport on Sunday.
Dan Carter is just one of a number stars of the global game performing on the European stage this weekend and the Racing playmaker is focused on rounding off his time in Paris with the ultimate club trophy.
“I love having history and doing things that no teams have done before,” said the New Zealand legend. “If you look back at Racing 92’s history and how rare it is to make a final in Europe, we were lucky enough to do it a couple of years ago, so we’d love to go one step further.”
With one win apiece during this season’s pool stage, the confrontation at Bordeaux’s Stade Chaban-Delmas promises to be another classic between the two clubs with twice-winners Munster having won four of their six meetings to date.

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