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Leinster v Toulouse: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news, match preview and how to watch the Champions Cup semi-final clash on BT Sport

Find out how to watch a live stream from the Aviva Stadium as Leinster square-off against Toulouse in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup – or tune in on TV with BT Sport 2 HD.

Leinster v Toulouse live stream and TV coverage will be shown by BT Sport as two clubs with eight European Cups between them square-off for a place in the final of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Coverage of the heavyweight clash begins from 2.30pm (3pm kick-off) on Sunday, April 21, live on BT Sport 2 HD.

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All the action will also be available to live stream on the BT Sport small screen app and on BTSport.com.

Both digital platforms will be offering the revolutionary enhanced video player, which features try alerts and a unique rewind feature allowing you to re-watch key moments from the game.

Our brand new large screen app also means subscribers are able to watch the game in a full HD 1080p stream via Xbox, Samsung TV and Apple TV.

The match is part of a bumper weekend of European rugby on BT Sport as we reach the business end of the season.

Saracens and Munster get the weekend action in the first Champions Cup final, with coverage starting at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon.  

Later that evening, two English clubs are in Challenge Cup semi-final action as Sale Sharks and Harlequins both travel to France to take on La Rochelle and Clermont Auvergne respectively, with the games back-to-back on BT Sport 2 from 5.15pm onwards.

If you’re not yet a BT Sport subscriber and want to watch the conclusion to the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, then choose from our range of packages.

Leinster v Toulouse: Match preview

Sunday sees two great European dynasties go toe-to-toe as Leinster play host to Toulouse for a place in next month's Champions Cup final at St James' Park.

Both sides are bidding to create history by becoming the first club to lift the trophy for a fifth time.

This will be the third time that Leinster and Toulouse have met in the semi-finals, with Les Rouge et Noir winning the 2010 contest before the Irish province emerged victorious at the Aviva Stadium in 2011. On both occasions the winning side went on to lift the trophy.

In fact, this will be the 12th time these two great clubs have met overall in the competition, and the third time this season after being drawn in the same pool.

Toulouse, for so long a sleeping giant of European rugby, have enjoyed a renaissance this season in the Top 14 and in Europe.

The French league leaders booked their place in the last four of the Champions Cup with a thrilling win over Top 14 rivals Racing, sealing a first European semi-final berth since 2011.

Scrum-half Antoine Dupont scored twice and Maxime Medard also crossed to give the four-time winners a dramatic victory despite an early red card for their Aussie fly-half Zack Holmes. 

Toulouse's eye-catching brand of rugby has been inspired in part by the form of South African wing, Cheslin Kolbe.

The diminutive 25-year-old has been one of the players of the tournament so far and former Leinster and Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has singled Kolbe out as the main threat to his old club's defence of their crown.

"Leinster beware this guy is a joke!" the BT Sport pundit wrote on Twitter.

"Got to defend him as a collective. He gets you one on one you're in trouble."

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose will be one of the men tasked with keeping Kolbe quiet and the Ireland international is anticipating a special match when the two sides meet this weekend. 

"This match against Toulouse is really special,” he said.

“The two teams want to make history by aiming for a fifth title. It will be a huge motivation for all the players.”

“There’s a lot of excitement around this match,” added Ringrose, who was Heineken Man of the Match in the second game. “We saw in the pool phase that Toulouse are a very difficult team to beat.

“They have a lot of experience in this competition and are dangerous in all positions. All the team are  playing well, but we have to keep an eye out for [Cheslin] Kolbe, who has scored some incredible tries this season.”

Leinster will be buoyed by the return of their playmaker and captain Jonathan Sexton, who hasn't played since the Six Nations.

The 33-year-old was ably replaced by Ross Byrne as the Dubliners survived a spirited display from Ulster in the quarter-finals.

Tries by Byrne and his namesake Adam Byrne helped the defending champions to come from behind and snatch a 21-18 win at the Aviva.

Director of rugby Leo Cullen knows his side will have to raise their game for the visit of in-form Toulouse.

"Toulouse will be a great challenge for our guys. Hopefully, we’ll have a huge crowd at the Aviva – the occasions are amazing to be part of," said Cullen.

“We drive down to the ground and you see all the blue flags out and the lift it gives to everyone in the team. Hopefully, we have another one of those days.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a great day, a special atmosphere and a special day.” 

Make sure you tune in for what is sure to be a breathtaking spectacle.

Leinster v Toulouse: Team news

Leinster: Kearney; Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton, McGrath, Healy, Cronin, Furlong, Toner, Ryan, Ruddock, O'Brien Conan.

Replacements: Tracy, E Byrne, Bent, Fardy, Deegan, O'Sullivan, R Byrne, O'Loughlin

Toulouse: Ramos, Huget, Guitoune, Ahki, Kolbe; Dupont, Bezy; Castets, Mauvaka, Faumuina, Arnold, Gray, Elstadt, Tekori, Kaino.

Replacements: Marchand, Baille, Van Dyk, Tolofua, Faasalele, Cros, Ntamack, Medard

Leinster v Toulouse: The Coaches

Leinster head coach, Cullen: "We need to prepare and focus really well, so we can give the best account of ourselves in a huge game.

“We’ve played Toulouse twice already this year. We lost away there and had a good win here in front of an amazing crowd, and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

Toulouse head coach, Mola: "It's a team we've studied a lot. With the staff, we were able to work on a preparation during the group phase and it's time to put that into practice.

"We know we will have to deal with a hyper-high pace as we are facing one of the best teams in the competition."

Leinster v Toulouse: Head to head

Leinster and Toulouse traded victories over each other in the pool stages. The two teams met at this stage of the competition in 2010, when Toulouse beat Leinster on the way to the way to their fourth and last Champions Cup win. 

 Date   Competition   Result 
 12/01/19  Heineken Champions Cup  Leinster 29-13 Toulouse
 21/10/18  Heineken Champions Cup  Toulouse 28-27 Leinster
 30/04/11  Heineken Champions Cup Leinster 32-23 Toulouse
 01/04/10  Heineken Champions Cup  Leinster 16-26 Toulouse
 12/01/18  Heineken Champions Cup  Leinster 20-13 Toulouse

Leinster v Toulouse: Betting odds

Leinster -7: 10/11

Toulouse + 7: 10/11

Draw +7: 25/1

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Champions Cup pool-stage draw in full

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

Holders Saracens handed daunting draw for the pool stages of the 2019/20 Champions Cup.

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