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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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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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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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Stuart Hogg gives Exeter inside track on Racing’s Finn Russell

The Chiefs full-back has played alongside the French club’s No 10 many times for Glasgow and Scotland but they will be on opposite sides in the European Champions Cup finalWhen Exeter face Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup final they will be prep…

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Racing 92 players test positive for Covid-19 two weeks before European final

French club announce news on official Twitter accountTeam due to play Exeter in European Champions Cup finalSeveral players at European Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 have tested positive for Covid-19 with the final in Bristol against Exeter just ov…

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Saracens era ends in agony as Russell and Imhoff shine for Racing 92

Semi-final: Racing 92 19-15 SaracensRussell and Vakatawa set up Juan Imhoff’s crucial late tryJuan Imhoff’s try five minutes from time after Finn Russell had broken free of his shackles eliminated Saracens, the defiant holders, who found the loss of th…

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Saracens’ Mako Vunipola: ‘We don’t know when we’ll get a chance again’

England prop says Sarries need to raise their level again to beat Racing and secure a last shot at glory before relegationMako Vunipola spends part of his leisure time watching reruns of old Saracens matches. One of his favourites is the 2016 European …

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Champions Cup semi-finals can transform idle perceptions of rugby union | Robert Kitson

The irresistible Anglo-French affairs of Racing v Saracens and Exeter v Toulouse are the pick of this weekend’s sport and can puncture myth international rugby is the only show in townOccasionally it is worth pausing for a moment and asking why people …

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Premiership clubs block Maro Itoje’s Racing 92 loan to spark row with RFU

Saracens and England lock has big offer from French club‘We are opposed to it,’ says rival Premiership club ownerA controversial plan to allow England’s Maro Itoje to play in France next season while still being available for the national team has spar…

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‘Punishment is not proportionate’ – Saracens fans lick their wounds | Ian Malin

Nervy win over Racing 92 took champions into quarter-finals but Allianz Park atmosphere was darkened by off-field troublesA quarter of a century ago, when Nigel Wray began investing in Saracens, the club played on a public recreation ground in the nort…

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Owen Farrell carries Saracens past Racing 92 to keep Europe dreams alive

• Saracens 27-24 Racing 92 – Champions Cup• Qualification for last eight depends on Gloucester result laterOwen Farrell kept Saracens’ competitive season alive by landing a late penalty that clinched a 27-24 Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 at Alli…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Champions Cup preview: Munster expect monster crowd for Saracens visit

• Holders leave most of England stars at home• Northampton unbeaten at home since start of AprilDan Biggar returns at fly-half for Northampton in the match of the round between teams who have lost one match between them in the league and Europe this se…

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Champions Cup preview: Munster expect monster crowd for Saracens visit

• Holders leave most of England stars at home• Northampton unbeaten at home since start of AprilDan Biggar returns at fly-half for Northampton in the match of the round between teams who have lost one match between them in the league and Europe this se…

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Holders Saracens begin their defence with heavy defeat to Racing

• Racing 30-10 Saracens• Finn Russell orchestrates Champions Cup demolition in ParisThe defence of the Champions Cup may not be Saracens’ priority because they have 35 docked Premiership points to make up, but this was a chastening bonus-point defeat a…