Heineken Champions Cup final: How to watch Leinster vs La Rochelle live on BT Sport

Everything you need to know as BT Sport brings you live coverage of Leinster vs La Rochelle in the final of the European Cup

By Callum Davis Published: 25 May 2022 - 1.06pm

Irish giants Leinster will face Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle in the final of the Heineken Champions Cup in Marseille.

La Rochelle secured their spot in the showpiece for a second successive season after claiming a 20-13 victory against Racing 92.

Leinster lie in wait at the Stade Velodrome after they dumped holders Toulouse out of the competition.

The clash will see former Munster and Ireland fly-half O'Gara take on Leinster again for the first time since La Rochelle defeated the province 32-23 in last year's semi-finals.

Read on for everything you need to know for watching the European Cup final - including TV channel, live stream details and highlights.

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When is the Heineken Cup final?

The kings of Europe for 2021/22 will be crowned on Saturday 28 May, with kick-off scheduled for 4.45pm UK time.

The Marseille showpiece is part of mouth-watering day of live sport as Leinster and La Rochelle lock horns just hours before Liverpool face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League in Paris.

How can I watch the final? 

BT Sport will once again be the only place you can catch every minute of the drama as it unfolds inside the Stade Velodrome. 

Coverage from Marseille will begin from 4pm on BT Sport 2HD as our stellar cast of pundits including Brian O'Driscoll, Austin Healey, Lawrence Dallaglio and Sam Warburton bring you all the insight and analysis for the biggest game in club rugby.

Free 10-minute highlights of the game will be made available soon after the final whistle, with an extended highlights package available to subscribers from Sunday morning onwards.

Leinster's road to Marseille

Round One: Leinster 45-20 Bath

Round Two: Montpellier C-C Leinster 

Round Three: Leinster 89-7 Montpellier

Round Four: Bath 7-64 Leinster

Round of 16 1st leg: Connacht 21-26 Leinster

Round of 16 2nd leg: Leinster 56-20 Connacht

Quarter-final: Leicester 14-23 Leinster

Semi-final: Leinster 40-17 Toulouse

La Rochelle's road to Marseille

Round One: La Rochelle 20-13 Glasgow

Round Two: Bath C-C La Rochelle

Round Three: La Rochelle 39-21 Bath

Round Four: Glasgow 30-38 La Rochelle

Round of 16 1st leg: Bordeaux 13-31 La Rochelle

Round of 16 2nd leg: La Rochelle 31-23 Bordeaux

Quarter-final: La Rochelle 31-19 Montpellier

Semi-final: Racing 13-20 La Rochelle

How many European Cups have Leinster won?

Leinster return to European rugby's biggest stage for the first time since 2019 hoping to lift their fifth Heineken Cup trophy. 

Only Toulouse have more European Cup crowns than Leinster, although the Irish giants will join them on five titles if they can overcome La Rochelle.

Leinster's maiden Heineken Cup triumph came back in 2009 in what was their first appearance in the final.

Tries from Jamie Heaslip plus drop goals from the boot of Johnny Sexton and Brian O'Driscoll were enough to see off two-time winners Leicester at BT Murrayfield.

Their next success will arguably go down as their most famous as Leinster were crowned European champions for the second time in three years after the greatest comeback in Heineken Cup final history at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Trailing 22-6 to Northampton at half-time, the 2009 champions scored 27 unanswered points to triumph 33-22.

The following year the Irish province became only the second team in history to defend their title as they demolished Ulster 42-14 at Twickenham.

Leinster would have to wait another six years for their fourth and most recent crown as they toiled in the Bilbao heat to edge French giants Racing.

How many European Cups have La Rochelle won?

Saturday's showdown with Leinster is La Rochelle's third European final is as many years, although they are yet to win any silverware. 

Defeat to Top 14 rivals Clermont in the 2019 EPCR Challenge Cup final was their shot at a European trophy. 

Ronan O'Gara took over as head coach the following season and the guided the club to a maiden Heineken Cup final where they would face more French opposition, this time in the form of four-time winners Toulouse. 

In a scrappy affair at Twickenham Stadium, Toulouse emerged narrow 22-17 victors to secure a record fifth European crown.

Now 'Les Corsaires' are back in another final and desperate to make it third time lucky in Marseille.

Teams news

Leinster full-back Jordan Larmour returned to action against Munster last Saturday and is set to feature at the Stade Velodrome this weekend.

Cormac Foley, a try scorer against Munster, picked up a shoulder injury and will be assessed this week.

Hooker Rónan Kelleher returned to training this week having passed concussion protocols.

However prop Tadgh Furlong (ankle) and the competition's top tryscorer James Lowe (shin) remain injury doubts and will be assessed as the week goes on.

Meanwhile La Rochelle have been handed a big boost with the return from injury of second row Will Skelton.

The giant Aussie lock missed their quarter and semi-final wins in Europe with a calf injury.

Skelton has been a thorn in Leinster's paw in previous seasons, playing a starring role for Saracens in their 2019 win against Leinster in the final, as well as helping them defeat Cullen's side in last year's semi.

Heineken Cup final odds: Who are the favourites?

Leinster have been here for before and know what it takes to get across the line.

This may be La Rochelle's third European final in as many years but the bookmakers' are favouring Leinster's European pedigree to be the deciding factor on the day. 

With the province on the brink of a record-equalling crown, O'Gara's La Rochelle are big underdogs to deny Leinster and win a first European Cup of their own.

Odds on winning the Heineken Cup

Leinster 1/5

La Rochelle 7/2