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Exeter come up short on the day but the future is theirs to shape | Michael Aylwin

The Chiefs’ defence could not cope with the variety of Saracens’ attacks in the Premiership final at Twickenham but the future is rosy for Rob Baxter’s well-run clubThe English champions have been toppled might be one way of looking at this. Another is…

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Saracens beat Exeter 27-10 to win Premiership final – as it happened

Saracens regained the title and secured their sixth trophy in four seasons after outplaying the champions 5.07pm BST Here you go. We’ll wrap things up now. Thanks for your company. Related: Saracens champions again as Chris Wyles leads conquest of Exe…

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Saracens champions again as Chris Wyles leads conquest of Exeter

• Premiership final: Exeter 10-27 Saracens• Two tries from Chris Wyles help Sarries regain crownSaracens regained the Premiership title and secured their sixth trophy in four seasons after outplaying the champions at a hot and humid Twickenham.Saracens…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Exeter should not be underestimated despite big names of Saracens

Chiefs are the reigning champions and finished top of this season’s table but their disparate squad remains relatively unheraldedScanning the Exeter team list on grand final day is to be reminded of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid being pursued on h…

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Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown

The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against ScarletsThe season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial p…

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Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale

The Premiership’s two top clubs have hit peak form at the perfect time for their Twickenham showdown after overwhelming winsMajor finals featuring the competition’s two best teams peaking at precisely the right moment are surprisingly few in number. No…

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Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection | Robert Kitson

Show of skill and desire in a truly dominant display put the Chiefs into Premiership final against SaracensTwo potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter jug…

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Exeter ease into final as Don Armand try seals one-sided win over Newcastle

• Exeter 36-5 Newcastle• Saracens await winners after record-breaking defeat of WaspsThe half-time statistics did not lie. Exeter enjoyed 92% of the possession and attempted 10 tackles to their opponents’ 169. Nine-tenths of possession allowed the Chie…

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Owen Farrell steers Saracens to Premiership final in blitz over Wasps

• Saracens 57-33 Wasps• Farrell kicks 27 points to back up Saracens’ try spreeNormal service has been resumed. Saracens are back in the Premiership final. The mischievous had wondered whether they were a fading force, surrendering their Premiership tit…

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Newcastle’s Dean Richards: I’ve absolutely no interest in any England job

• RFU already preparing to replace Eddie Jones in 2019 or 2021• ‘I laughed … I just don’t fancy it,’ Falcons director of rugby saysDean Richards has stated he has “absolutely no interest” in being England’s head coach, suggesting he would not last a we…

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Maro Itoje says Saracens machine purring again before Wasps semi-final

• England flanker believes Saracens are firing at the right time• Billy Vunipola is back for Premiership showdown with WaspsSaracens have won the second halves of their past four matches by a 149-0 aggregate. Their average scoreline in the same four ga…

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Exeter’s Ali Hepher: underestimate British coaches at your peril

• Coach prepares for Newcastle clash in Premiership semi-final• ‘I’m sure McCall, Young and Richards would be the same’Within English club rugby there is increasingly little patience for the theory that the world’s most successful coaches all hail from…

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Newcastle move restores reputations of Dean Richards and the Falcons | Robert Kitson

Coach takes his side to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon for one of their biggest games since they last won the Premiership title 20 years agoIt is 20 years almost to the day since Newcastle last won English rugby’s domestic league title. Coincident…

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Newcastle’s Vereniki Goneva wins Premiership player of season award

• Winger helped Newcastle reach title play-offs• Newcastle’s Dean Richards named best director of rugbyNewcastle Falcons’ achievement in reaching this season’s title play-offs has been rewarded with two major accolades at the Aviva Premiership Awards. …

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Stuart Lancaster pledges future to Leinster amid Harlequins speculation

• Former England head coach ‘100% committed’ to Irish province• ‘I wouldn’t even contemplate doing it. For me it’s all about Leinster‘Stuart Lancaster is not interested in the vacant job at Harlequins and has ruled out a return to the Aviva Premiership…

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