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Mark McCafferty: ‘The overall environment is one of careful confidence’

Though Exeter were the only Premiership club to post a profit in the last financial year the competition’s chief executive says the club game’s long-term financial future is rosyLast weekend Saracens won the Premiership for the third time in four seaso…

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Mark McCall hails England contingent after Saracens lift title | Robert Kitson

The director of rugby saw key players peak at the right time to overcome Exeter Chiefs and praised Mako Vunipola for a brilliant displaySaracens are accustomed to consistent success but, even by their high standards, their fourth Premiership title in s…

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Exeter come up short on the day but the future is theirs to shape | Michael Aylwin

The Chiefs’ defence could not cope with the variety of Saracens’ attacks but the future is rosy for Rob Baxter’s well-run clubThe English champions have been toppled might be one way of looking at this. Another is that Saracens have simply reiterated t…

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Saracens champions again as Chris Wyles leads conquest of Exeter

• Premiership final: Exeter 10-27 Saracens• Two tries from Chris Wyles help Sarries regain crownSaracens regained the Premiership title and secured their sixth trophy in four seasons after outplaying the champions at a hot and humid Twickenham.Saracens…

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Exeter Chiefs v Saracens: Premiership final – live!

Premiership final updates from Twickenham, 3pm BST kick-offSign up to the Breakdown, our weekly rugby union emailAnd feel free to email John or tweet him your thoughts 2.25pm BST One subplot today – it’s Schalk Brits’s final game as a rugby player befo…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Exeter should not be underestimated despite big names of Saracens

Chiefs are the reigning champions and finished top of this season’s table but their disparate squad remains relatively unheraldedScanning the Exeter team list on grand final day is to be reminded of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid being pursued on h…

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Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown

The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against ScarletsThe season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial p…

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Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale

The Premiership’s two top clubs have hit peak form at the perfect time for their Twickenham showdown after overwhelming winsMajor finals featuring the competition’s two best teams peaking at precisely the right moment are surprisingly few in number. No…

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Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection | Robert Kitson

Show of skill and desire in a truly dominant display put the Chiefs into Premiership final against SaracensTwo potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter jug…

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Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection | Robert Kitson

Show of skill and desire in a truly dominant display put the Chiefs into Premiership final against SaracensTwo potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter jug…

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Exeter’s Ali Hepher: underestimate British coaches at your peril

• Coach prepares for Newcastle clash in Premiership semi-final• ‘I’m sure McCall, Young and Richards would be the same’Within English club rugby there is increasingly little patience for the theory that the world’s most successful coaches all hail from…

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Newcastle move restores reputations of Dean Richards and the Falcons | Robert Kitson

Coach takes his side to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon for one of their biggest games since they last won the Premiership title 20 years agoIt is 20 years almost to the day since Newcastle last won English rugby’s domestic league title. Coincident…

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Newcastle’s Vereniki Goneva wins Premiership player of season award

• Winger helped Newcastle reach title play-offs• Newcastle’s Dean Richards named best director of rugbyNewcastle Falcons’ achievement in reaching this season’s title play-offs has been rewarded with two major accolades at the Aviva Premiership Awards. …

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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Continue reading…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Exeter’s Alec Hepburn finishes off a six-try victory over Harlequins

• Harlequins 17-41 Exeter• Harlequins slump in final quarter on John Kingston’s farewellAnother match, another horrible defeat for Harlequins. At home they may have been, with the sun on their backs, just as they have always liked it, but they could no…

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Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson

As the Premiership regular season draws to a close, Wasps, Worcester and Exeter provide three players apieceTwenty-one try assists in 19 games, as well as four tries, reflect the South African’s influence on Wasps’ attacking game. The Springboks are re…

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Exeter march on and show no sign of letting up in victory over Sale

• Exeter 34-19 Sale• Nic White starts four-try burst in comfortable winExeter had already secured home advantage in the play-offs but there was no letting up in selection or approach. There is a relentlessness about the champions who, like Ireland, hav…