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Champions Cup closing: Exeter v Racing 92 (Sat)

2020-10-16 13:27:15

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Exeter, who made their fifth straight Premiership closing final weekend, are within the Champions Cup closing for the primary time of their historical past
Date: Saturday 17 October Kick-off: 16:45 BST Venue: Ashton Gate, Bristol
Protection: Reside radio and textual content commentary on BBC Radio 5 Reside, BBC Sounds, the BBC Sport app and web site.

Jack Nowell has recovered from a foot damage to interchange Olly Woodburn in Exeter’s beginning XV for Saturday’s Champions Cup closing in opposition to Racing 92.

Nowell missed the Premiership semi-final win over Bathtub final weekend however traces up for the Chiefs’ first look within the closing.

Ian Whitten is most popular in midfield to Ollie Devoto for the match in Bristol.

Racing have Scotland fly-half Finn Russell at 10, however Teddy Thomas is out with Louis Dupichot on the wing.

The French aspect make one different change from the line-up that beat Saracens within the semi-final with Henry Chavancy coming in for Olivier Klemenczak within the centres.

Australia worldwide Kurtley Beale is on the bench.

Racing 92 moved their coaching base to Corsica this week to restrict the possibilities of one other Covid-19 outbreak among the many squad, following 9 of their staff returning constructive assessments a fortnight in the past. They, together with Exeter, have been given a clear invoice of well being earlier this week.

Racing, like Exeter, are searching their first title in Europe’s premier membership competitors.

Line-ups

Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds (capt), Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Grey, Hill, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Francis, Skinner, Kirsten, Hidalgo-Clyne, Steenson, Devoto.

Racing 92: Zebo; Dupichot, Vakatawa, Chavancy (capt), Imhoff; Russell, Iribaren; Ben Arous, Chat, Colombe, Le Roux, Hen, Lauret, Sanconnie, Claassen.

Replacements: Baubigny, Kolingar, Oz, Ryan, Palu, Machenaud, Klemenczak, Beale.

What they are saying

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter: “If it appears to be like like the fellows are cool, calm and picked up, it is as a result of we really feel we’re getting our preparation proper. We’re not working round with huge smiles on our faces playing around as a result of we’ve acquired to the European Cup closing for the primary time, we’re locking down into what it’s going to take to win it and I believe that’s the place we’re.”

Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell: “Exeter are a world-class workforce clearly and for me they’re one of the best within the Premiership, one of the best in England simply now.

“It isn’t going to be a simple problem to attempt to break them down. It is the straightforward issues – if we follow our construction and our sport plan, then we have nice attacking threats.

“They have a terrific defence and there will be just a few issues there I will be trying to select perhaps, with that evaluation you do within the week build up.”

The stats

  • The twenty fifth anniversary closing would be the eighth Anglo-French decider with Premiership golf equipment at the moment main the High 14 by 5 wins to 2.
  • Exeter are showing of their first closing and Racing their third within the house of 5 seasons. The victor will turn into the twelfth membership to win the event.
  • Racing’s Virimi Vakatawa leads the event statistics classes in clear breaks (16) and defenders overwhelmed (48).
  • Exeter’s Dave Ewers has made essentially the most tackles within the event this season with 118.
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