Aidan McCullen: Stade Francais & Leinster to provide thrilling contest

Former Ireland international on a huge weekend of rugby in Dublin

Former Toulose, Leinster and Ireland forward Aidan McCullen - who now works as Setanta Sports TV French Top 14 analyst – was on this morninig’s Newstalk Breakfast speaking about this weekend’s Amlin Challenge cup and Heineken Cup finals. He talked to Newstalk’s Oisin Langan that Friday night’s Amlin Challenge Cup final is set to be a thrilling affair, with tickets in massive demand and Stade Francias looking towards this game, and only this game, for the past few weeks, it ensures Leinster will have to be at their very best to lift the first trophy of a potential double in front of their home fans at the RDS.

“[Stade Francais] are coming into this game with nothing to lose. This is everything for them, and that’s very unusual for a French side travelling.

“They’re rested players coming into this game; some players have been rested for three weeks. They’re putting all their games into this basket and it could be the game where they come together and play really well.”

McCullen also discussed the Heineken Cup final, the all French affair of Clermont Auvergne – Munster’s conquerors in the semi-final – and Toulon, a side led by the seemingly evergreen Johnny Wilkinson.

Listen to the full interview with McCullen and get his tips for this weekend’s European final double header.