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Chris Ashton’s European Record Shows How Much Saracens Will Miss Him

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score the opening try during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at Murrayfield Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chris Ashton’s first-half try set Saracens on their way to a second European Champions Cup title in succession this afternoon in Murrayfield. In doing so, the winger touched down for his 37th European try, breaking the record in the competition. He has risen above Vincent Clerc (36) and Brian O’Driscoll (33) Since he joined from Northampton in 2012, Sarries fans have …

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Watch: Billy Vunipola Breaks Ceiling As Saracens Celebrations Kick Off In Dressing Rooms

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Saracens joined an exclusive club today, becoming the seventh team to win multiple European Cups. Alongside Leicester Tigers, Wasps, Leinster, Munster, Toulouse and Toulon, Sarries now can be considered one of the great European clubs. Their 11-point victory over Clermont Auvergne today was thoroughly deserved, as they fought throughout the game to make history. Although they have a Premiership semi-final …

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The European Player Of The Year Award Will Be Known As The Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy

It’s hard to believe that it is almost seven months since Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley tragically passed away on the eve of Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris.  His passing has had an unquantifiable effect on this Munster team, with their performances this season based a lot around physically and pure passion – the Axel way. His death saw …

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Stade Francais Defeat Gloucester In A Feisty Challenge Cup Final

European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland 12/5/2017 Gloucester vs Stade Francais Stade Francais’ Geoffrey Doumayrou scores a try

Stade Francais have ended a turbulent season in triumphant fashion, defeating Gloucester 25-17 in a tremendously lively Challenge Cup final on Friday night. The French side, who were at one point to be the subject of a highly controversial merger with Top 14 rivals Racing 92, were able to put their domestic issues to one side and enjoy a victory …

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Andy Goode Column: Saracens’ Impenetrable Defence Will Secure Them Back-To-Back Champions Cup Titles

If you look back to Saracens’ 26-10 victory over Munster at the Aviva Stadium, the first half performance from Mark McCall’s side tells you everything you need to know about this team.  Munster had loads of possession and dominated the territory but that stingy Saracens defence which we have all grown accustomed to just would not wilt and their physicality …

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All-Conquering Saracens On The Cusp Of Making History

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On Saturday, two of Europe’s best will fight it out to be crowned champions of Europe. Saracens, the continent’s form team over the last two seasons will face perennial underachievers Clermont. On current form, one has to say that this will not be Clermont’s year yet again. Both teams have had tough routes to the final – Saracens faced a …

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Video: Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt Wary Of Host Nation’s Threat

KYOTO, JAPAN - MAY 10: Joe Schmidt Head Coach of Ireland attends a press conference after the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw at the Kyoto State Guest House on May 10, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, while picking up what is deemed a favourable group for the 2019 World Cup by most, is wary of the threat the host nation, Japan, pose in particular in Pool A. Ireland will also face Scotland in two years’ time at rugby’s showpiece event and, as Schmidt points out, likely Romania along with whoever the …

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