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Henry Slade the rock as unstoppable Exeter roll on to cherished double | Robert Kitson

Chiefs join Leicester, Wasps and Saracens as double winners but none of these were in the second tier a decade previouslyNo scorching May heat or packed stands, just damp autumn leaves on a windblown concourse and a soaking, empty colosseum. On the fac…

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Exeter seal double as Joe Simmonds punishes Wasps in Premiership final

Final: Exeter 19-13 WaspsJoe Simmonds’ kicks are crucial in atrocious conditionsA difference between the Exeter of old and the team that subdued Wasps to become the European and Premiership champions is their ability to improvise. Henry Slade regarded …

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Exeter v Wasps: Premiership final – live!

Live updates from Twickenham, kick-off 6pm BSTWasps’ Jack Willis: ‘I’d trade all my awards to win the Premiership’Feel free to email Lee or tweet @BloodandMud with your thoughts 1.36pm BST Welcome to Twickenham for the Gallagher Premiership Final.After…

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Rob Baxter seeks ‘big Exeter-type’ display against Wasps to seal double

Exeter’s drive should give them edge against depleted WaspsWasps pack weakened in aftermath of Covid outbreakAt the end of the longest Premiership campaign on record there remains little sign of Exeter coasting towards the chequered flag. Last week’s C…

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Wasps cleared to take Premiership final place after fresh Covid-19 tests

Club previously had 11 positive tests for coronavirusBristol had been on standby to take their place against ExeterWasps have been cleared to take part in Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham after receiving no further positives in…

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter in for long haul, says chairman Tony Rowe

‘I think it will be a long time before he leaves’Aim is to ‘do it again’ after European Champions Cup successExeter’s chairman, Tony Rowe, has said he is confident that Rob Baxter will remain at the helm “for a long time” and pursue even more trophies …

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Wasps stung by four more positives as Bristol on standby for Premiership final

Training still cancelled with 11 players out of actionDecision due on Wednesday for scheduled Exeter clashWasps have produced four more positive tests for coronavirus to place further doubt on their participation in Saturday’s Premiership final against…

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Ben Darwin’s theory of sport evolution: familiarity breeds success | Robert Kitson

Analysis by the ex-Wallaby’s company shows the benefits of long-term team stability and could transform our view of sportIn the leadup to the Premiership final on Saturday, here is an intriguing theory for you. A champion team is not, apparently, defin…

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Ben Darwin’s theory of sport evolution: familiarity breeds success | Robert Kitson

Analysis by the ex-Wallaby’s company shows the benefits of long-term team stability and could transform our view of sportIn the leadup to the Premiership final on Saturday, here is an intriguing theory for you. A champion team is not, apparently, defin…

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Exeter desperate to add Premiership title to Champions Cup success

Triumph over Racing 92 showed that honesty, integrity and camaraderie can succeed in modern sport and Exeter have no intention of stopping thereAsk any Devon farmer and they will tell you the cream rises to the top eventually. As Joe Simmonds and Jack …

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Exeter desperate to add Premiership title to Champions Cup success

Triumph over Racing 92 showed that honesty, integrity and camaraderie can succeed in modern sport and Exeter have no intention of stopping thereAsk any Devon farmer and they will tell you the cream rises to the top eventually. As Joe Simmonds and Jack …

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Wasps’ Brad Shields: ‘Testing day is nerve-racking, as Sale showed’

The New Zealand-born flanker expresses his concerns about a Covid-19 outbreak upsetting all the hard work and progress made, as Wasps prepare to face Exeter in the Premiership finalBrad Shields is speaking on the day the Wasps squad is tested for Covid…

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Emotional Rob Baxter laments wife’s absence from Exeter’s great day

• ‘The cruellest thing was our families were not here’• Last 10 minutes of Champions Cup triumph ‘horrible to watch’Sam Simmonds, named European player of the year after Exeter defeated Racing 92 to win the Champions Cup, has his sights on a double as …

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Exeter win it the hard way to fulfil Tony Rowe’s Europe ambition | Robert Kitson

Having led 28-17 losing Tomas Francis to the sin-bin set up a final act of pure agony before the euphoriaOnce upon a time in the west there was a team who made their region proud. What a shame there were no supporters in the ground to witness the ultim…

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Exeter are European champions after dramatic final against Racing 92

Final: Exeter 31-27 Racing 92Chiefs stand firm after Racing fightbackExeter’s success has been based as much on their ability to defend their line as the capacity to score from 10 metres out. The key to a victory that keeps the Champions Cup in England…

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Exeter v Racing 92: European Champions Cup final – live!

Champions Cup final updates from the 4.45pm BST kick-offRobert Kitson: inside Exeter’s rise to the edge of gloryGet in touch! Email Luke or send him a tweet 4.47pm BST The fly-half Finn Russell kicks off for Racing 92. 4.46pm BST The teams are out on t…

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Inside Exeter: how Chiefs have risen to edge of European glory in a decade | Robert Kitson

Just over 10 years ago they had never featured in the top division but now Rob Baxter’s side are preparing for a Champions Cup final against Racing 92Most of the best upwardly mobile stories in British professional team sport have been football yarns. …

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Racing 92 have learned from Champions Cup final defeats, says Henry Chavancy

French club hoping to beat Exeter and win first European title‘Every detail counts, nothing can be overlooked,’ captain saysThe Racing 92 captain, Henry Chavancy, believes his side have learned the lessons of their previous defeats in the Champions Cup…

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Bristol on standby for Premiership final if Wasps have more positive Covid tests

More tests arranged after four players returned positive resultsBristol finished third in table and ready if Wasps pull outBristol will face Exeter in the Premiership final next Saturday if Wasps record more positive tests for Covid?19 next week and ar…

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The Breakdown | Forward-thinking Exeter are easy to see coming but far harder to stop

Racing 92 and Wasps know the double-seeking Chiefs will be relentless and intense but thwarting them is another matterBefore England played New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, they did not pay too much attention to Jonah Lomu, th…