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Saracens face uncertain Championship future after Champions Cup loss

Saracens face Bath in final Premiership game on SundayDate for start of Championship is yet to be decidedAs Saracens made for the airport on Saturday night after losing to a late Racing 92 try in Paris, Exeter were booking their ticket to the Champions…

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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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The Breakdown | Alex Goode delivers as Saracens keep chasing Champions Cup miracle

Wounded champions will look to defy odds again at Racing 92 and are a team at its most dangerous when backed into a cornerA dejected Leinster supporter was to the point a few hours after his side’s Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to the holders. “I …

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New lockdown measures could leave Saracens in limbo for next season

Start of new Championship season placed in doubtClub could be bounced back into PremiershipSaracens, who are preparing for a European Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 in Paris on Saturday, do not know when their new season will start after th…

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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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Saracens hail ‘special victory’ over Leinster to show they are still fighting

‘What we built is true and special,’ says Richard WigglesworthRelegated Sarries inflicted Leinster’s first loss since 2019 finalSaracens may be down but they are far from out. The champions of England and Europe, who have been demoted to the Championsh…

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Alex Goode shines as Saracens resist Leinster to pull off major upset

Quarter-final: Leinster 17-25 SaracensEuropean Champions Cup holders through after thrillerSaracens are not so much raging against the dying of the light as doing everything in their power to keep it aglow. Having lost 10 players during the lockdown, t…

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Maro Itoje focused on Saracens and Champions Cup but eyes overseas move

Lock ready to face Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final‘I’d love to spend at least a season somewhere’Maro Itoje has revealed he intends to spend at least a year of his career abroad in a move that would make him unavailable for England – but not be…

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Maro Itoje focused on Saracens and Champions Cup but eyes overseas move

Lock ready to face Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final‘I’d love to spend at least a season somewhere’Maro Itoje has revealed he intends to spend at least a year of his career abroad in a move that would make him unavailable for England – but not be…

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End of Saracens era looms as European Champions Cup returns | Robert Kitson

Whether or not Leinster beat them on Saturday, a defining period in English and European rugby is about to concludeThis is the endHold your breath and count to 10Feel the earth move and thenHear my heart burst againAdele – SkyfallNo great sporting dyna…

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The Breakdown | Benches could prove difference in Leinster v Saracens showdown

In recent years replacements have been given different names to give their role a more positive, inclusive flavourIf Saracens win the European Champions Cup next month, they will not stand accused of breaching the Premiership’s salary cap regulations. …

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We must show against Leinster what being a Saracen means, says Goode

Champions Cup may be Barritt’s and Wigglesworth’s last hurrah Goode warns Saracens have harnessed anger over relegationSaracens are looking to pour all the frustrations of the past year into one definitive 80-minute statement in their European quarter-…

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Leinster may be favourites but the rest of Europe is out to get them | Robert Kitson

A fired-up Saracens will present a formidable test in Dublin but they may be the least of the Irish province’s problemsSuccess in rugby is generally mined from the painful depths of failure. Look at the most recent European champions and a glint of sil…

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Owen Farrell plays Johnny Sexton role to help Saracens prepare for Leinster

Suspended Farrell running opposition plays in trainingAlex Goode or Manu Vunipola will come in at fly-halfOwen Farrell is steeling his Saracens teammates for their Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster by adopting Johnny Sexton’s role in trainin…

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Saracens youngsters display promise in win over Exeter’s second string

Saracens 40-17 ExeterHome side score five tries against Premiership leadersWhen the 2019-20 Premiership fixture list was announced this was meant to be the crunch match of the regular season. What blissfully innocent times those now seem, with salary c…

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Stuart Lancaster steels Leinster for ‘far from broken’ Saracens backlash

The former England head coach will not be underestimating the task facing the Irish side in their Champions Cup quarter-final, saying of relegated Saracens: ‘This is their last dance’ When asked if he would consider becoming an international head coach…

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Owen Farrell handed five-game ban and will miss Saracens’ Leinster clash

England captain pays price for high tackle against WaspsHe can play again on 5 October as 10-game ban avoidedOwen Farrell will miss Saracens’ European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin next week after receiving a five-game ban for …

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Saracens planning for quarter-final against Leinster without Owen Farrell

Fly-half facing a six-week ban for red card against WaspsAlex Goode or Manu Vunipola lined up to replace him at No 10Saracens are resigned to losing Owen Farrell for their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster this month after the Engla…

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Saracens planning for quarter-final against Leinster without Owen Farrell

Fly-half facing a six-week ban for red card against WaspsAlex Goode or Manu Vunipola lined up to replace him at No 10Saracens are resigned to losing Owen Farrell for their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster this month after the Engla…