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Euro visitors have unrivalled experience

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Leinster Rugby will head to Leicester on Saturday on the back of securing top spot in their domestic league in pursuit of a fifth successive title.

The Irishmen confirmed they would finish the league programme on top of the United Rugby Championship thanks to the point gained against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town last weekend.

They still have one game to come – against Irish rivals Munster – in the URC but have an unassailable six-point lead before going into the play-off stages they have won each season since 2018.

After overcoming Connacht in Europe’s Round of 16, Leinster travelled to South Africa for successive games against the Sharks and Stormers without many of their international players but boss Leo Cullen – who had two years as a Leicester player – will have all of his resources available again as he prepares to announce his team to travel to Leicester on Friday.

The squad includes the experience of Johnny Sexton, Cian Healy and Devin Toner, who are all four-time European champions with the province, sharing in each of their Champions Cup wins since 2009.

British & Irish Lions duo Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw, and the likes of James Lowe, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour and Josh van der Flier are among more than 15 Leinster men named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad this season as they help to bring a major international flavour to the occasion at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this weekend.

This is Leicester’s first meeting with Leinster since the 2011 quarter-final in Dublin and the first game to be played at Tigers at this stage of the tournament since 2016 when Stade Francais were the visitors.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 5.30pm and match tickets are available now. Book online, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or in person.

As a knockout cup fixture, this game is not included in season tickets and all supporters will require a match ticket.