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Could Exeter’s vision of world domination become reality? | Robert Kitson

The Chiefs crave a final showdown with southern hemisphere champions but international call-ups may prove a big obstacleBack in his days as a powerboat racer Exeter’s chairman, Tony Rowe, once broke a world speed record one misty October morning on Lak…

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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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Lee Blackett urges Wasps players to make most of Premiership final reprieve

Only four recent regulars unavailable for Saturday’s game‘We’ll be in a good position,’ says coach after Covid outbreakThe Wasps head coach, Lee Blackett, has urged his side to make the most of their Premiership final reprieve against Exeter on Saturda…

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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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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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England’s Ellis Genge: rugby union needs to get with it to prosper

People are interested in that off-field stuff, he addsGenge is is preparing for Barbarians match on SundayThe England prop Ellis Genge has called on rugby union’s authorities to embrace commercialisation for the development of the game, claiming player…

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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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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…

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Wasps’ Premiership final preparations hit by Covid-19 outbreak at club

Four players and three members of backroom test positiveBuild-up to Twickenham clash with Exeter is disruptedWasps’ preparations for the Premiership final have been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus at the club. Four players and three members of backro…

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BBC unhappy as Premiership Rugby drops ‘offer’ to show Twickenham final

Ruling body claims talks were only ‘exploratory’ and ‘routine’Exeter v Wasps final to be shown only by BT SportPremiership Rugby is at the centre of another row, this time over television coverage of the Twickenham final between Exeter and Wasps on Sat…

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Gopperth warns Wasps to learn lessons of 2017’s Premiership final hurt

Wasps to face Exeter in repeat of 2017 showpiece‘Hurt can go a long way when it comes to motivation’Moments after Wasps had beaten Bristol at the Ricoh Arena to book their first Twickenham final in three years, their captain, Joe Launchbury, formed a h…

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Exeter and Wasps show way to final is as much about mindset as muscle | Robert Kitson

Unshakeable belief their time is now and collective trust are the bedrock of both teams’ storming runs to the Premiership finalExeter are supposedly all about their no-nonsense forwards while Wasps are a free-wheeling bunch of adventurous buccaneers. T…

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What Exeter really think of Saracens: ‘They won those titles by cheating’

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Robert Kitson reveals the true anger and dismay at the salary cap breaches by their arch rivalsNothing lasts forever, not least in professional sport. Less than 72 hours after England had been hammered 32-12 b…

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What Exeter really think of Saracens: ‘They won those titles by cheating’

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Robert Kitson reveals the true anger and dismay at the salary cap breaches by their arch rivalsNothing lasts forever, not least in professional sport. Less than 72 hours after England had been hammered 32-12 b…