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Chris Boyd eyes chance to break the Saracens-Exeter stranglehold

Premiership’s heavyweight pair seem destined for a Twickenham showdown unless Gloucester or Northampton can spring an upsetThe list of familiar club names absent from the 2018-19 Premiership semi-finals is a clear sign of the times in English rugby. Wa…

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Premiership rugby 2018-19: club-by-club season verdict | Michael Aylwin

Fall of Newcastle reflects brutality of top flight while excellence of Saracens and Exeter continues to set the gold standardThey made Europe with the last kick of what has been an otherwise curious season, but they are used to those at the Rec. Rumour…

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Saracens set the template for what a top-notch rugby club should be | Paul Rees

With community a core value, it is about more than rugby for the kings of Europe and now Premiership play-off contendersWhen Saracens played their first European Cup final, against Toulon in 2014, it was a meeting of two clubs who had approached the ve…

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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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Premiership team of the season: Danny Cipriani shows his class | Robert Kitson

South African and Australian talent is to the fore alongside the best of British in Tom Curry, Joe Marler and Henry SladeThe fast-footed Argentinian will be missed when he swaps Devon for Bordeaux this summer: no other player in the league has beaten m…

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Saracens confident injured Mako Vunipola will be fit for World Cup

• Loosehead prop tore his hamstring in Champions Cup final• England’s first warm-up match is against Wales on 11 AugustMako Vunipola’s season is over but the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, is confident the loosehead prop will be fit for Engla…

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England would like Mark McCall but would the coach leave Saracens? | Robert Kitson

A potential successor to Eddie Jones is the Ulsterman who has masterminded his club’s rise to the European summitIt has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In …

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Mark McCall ensures Saracens’ dominance is set to run and run | Robert Kitson

With three European crowns in four seasons there are no signs Saracens’ reign is coming to an end anytime soonThis time next year European rugby’s finals will be held in the south of France rather than the north-east of England, with Marseille’s Vieux …

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Billy Vunipola lives up to Champions Cup final rallying cry for Saracens

• Maro Itoje: ‘He told us he would show up’• No 8 scores decisive try in final against LeinsterBilly Vunipola gave a rousing speech on the eve of Saracens’ Champions Cup final victory, promising to deliver a match-winning performance. He then proceeded…

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Champions Cup final: talking points from Saracens’ victory over Leinster

Learning through failure shifts power to Saracens, but this year’s showpiece could have seismic effects on the wider gameLeinster were a year ago hailed not only as the best team in Europe but potentially the best ever after winning the Champions Cup. …

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Billy Vunipola looks to put controversy behind him after Saracens triumph

• ‘It’s not about me or what I stand for,’ says No 8 after Leinster win• Mark McCall: ‘We needed him to do his talking on the field’Billy Vunipola was booed by a section of the Leinster supporters when his name was read out before the match but several…

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Leinster 10-20 Saracens: Champions Cup final player ratings

George Kruis was a fantastic nuisance at the lineout and made a remarkable 27 tackles, while Garry Ringrose struggled to find space for LeinsterRob Kearney Mr Reliable under the high ball and it was his break down the right that eventually led to his s…

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Billy Vunipola steers the champions home as Saracens survive a storm | Robert Kitson

Saracens triumph after a torrid first half as their England No8 has the final word against Leinster in NewcastleJust occasionally two teams can be so evenly matched it is almost impossible to separate them. This was one of them, a contest so tight it p…

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Saracens’ Billy Vunipola bursts through to beat Leinster in Champions Cup final

• Leinster 10-20 Saracens• Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola lead Champions Cup fightbackThe unstoppable shifted the immovable. A meeting of the two leading clubs in Europe always threatened to come down to a few moments and two, either side of the inte…

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Leinster v Saracens: European Champions Cup final – live!

Updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in NewcastleLaidlaw kicks Clermont to Challenge Cup gloryGet in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 5.09pm BST 8 mins: Leinster scrum, from which Jack Conan snaffles the ball and tries to break away. McGrath’s cl…

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Champions Cup final could be the making of Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer | Ugo Monye

Spencer’s performance in the European showdown against Leinster could lead to a World Cup spot for England in JapanSlowly but surely there has been a changing of the guard at Saracens this season. In the four finals they have won in the past three year…

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Alex Goode and Jackson Wray offer insight into Saracens’ alchemy

The unheralded Saracens pair started out as budding footballers and have developed into integral players in the club’s collective successThere is always more to the best rugby teams than a list of big names. Saracens are a good example, particularly on…

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Leinster out to make Champions Cup history against Saracens

• Irish province chasing a record fifth European title• Will Skelton starts in a strong Saracens packThis has been a special week for English teams in Europe but Leinster are the only side chasing a five-star outcome this weekend. No club have won rugb…

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Tadhg Furlong: ‘Mako’s a good craic but he’s an horrendous snorer’

Leinster’s Furlong and Saracens’ Mako Vunipola were roommates on the 2017 Lions tour and the props are full of praise for each other before what they expect will be a breathless Champions Cup finalThey were teammates and roommates on the Lions tour to …

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Firefighting ability and tightest of margins will decide Champions Cup final | Ben Ryan

When so much quality exists across the board, the team that controls the game in all its elements for its duration will winYou can trawl though the archives and statistics to preview how Saturday’s Champions Cup final may pan out but I wouldn’t bother….