Tickets for next Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final between Leinster and Toulouse will go on public sale today at 2pm online here.
The mouth-watering contest between two storied European teams with nine Heineken Champions Cup titles between will be live next Saturday (kick-off 3pm) on BT Sport.
Speaking to Leinster Rugby TV, Leinster head coach Cullen said: “It was a huge hit from the guys to get there. Welford Road is an incredibly tough place to come, amazing atmosphere at the game literally from the moment we got off the bus.
“It was incredible to see that sea of blue and the support. It’s short to sell out the game but hopefully the Leinster fans will be out in force to support the team next week. It will be a huge semi-final against the five-time champions.
“Toulouse are the current Top 14 champions and have a lot of guys who represented France and who are Grand Slam champions as well. An unbelievably exciting challenge for us.
“We’ve done a lot of hard work to get to this point. The group has worked incredibly hard, a very competitive group that we’ve had. We’ve managed to get back to the Aviva for a home game against the five-time champions.”
This will be Leinster’s sixth Champions Cup semi-final appearance in eight years. It is a repeat of the 2019 semi-final which they won 30-12 against Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium.
It is six-all in previous European meetings between the sides, with Leinster winning the last two in Dublin during the 2018/19 season. They also claimed knockout victories in 2006 (quarter-final at the Stade Municipal) and 2011 (semi-final at the Aviva Stadium).
In next weekend’s second semi-final, last season’s beaten finalists, Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle, will face Racing 92 in a heavyweight all-French clash at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Sunday (kick-off 4pm local time/3pm Irish time).
The French derby will again be live on BT Sport, with additional free-to-air coverage in Ireland and the UK on Virgin Media and Channel 4.
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Saturday, May 14 –
LEINSTER v Toulouse, Aviva Stadium, 3pm (live BT Sport/beIN Sports/France 2)
Sunday, May 15 –
Racing 92 v La Rochelle, Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, 4pm local time/3pm Irish time (live France 2/beIN Sports/BT Sport/Channel 4/Virgin Media)
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL:
Saturday, May 28 –
LEINSTER/Toulouse v Racing 92/La Rochelle, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, 5.45pm local time/4.45pm Irish time