Racing 92 & Exeter Chiefs Name Their Teams For The Heineken Champions Cup Final
Latest posts by Jason Hennessy (see all)
Kings of Europe.
French giants Racing 92 and Premiership finalists Exeter Chiefs have both named their teams for this weekend’s highly anticipated Heineken Champions Cup final.
Jack Nowell returns from injury to start on the wing for the Chiefs in a back-three alongside the in-form Stuart Hogg and Tom O’Flaherty.
Joe Simmonds captains the side with his brother Sam starting at number eight in a back-row that also features Dave Ewers and Jacques Vermeulen.
Ireland international Simon Zebo starts at fullback with Donnacha Ryan having to make do with a spot on the bench. Finn Russell starts at ten with captain Henry Chavancy outside him at 12 and Virimi Vakatawa at 13.
View this post on Instagram
Episode 9 has arrived featuring Gordon D'Arcy, Jamie Heaslip and Caelan Doris. 🎧🎙 –Jason & Jamie Heaslip look back on the Irish provinces in the PRO14 over the weekend and look forward to the European finals. 🏆 –Gordon D'Arcy on who should start in midfield for Ireland and the two best centres he's ever faced. 🤔 – Caelan Doris on the number eight he has looked to model his game on and what rugby must do to become a truly global sport. 😮 – Dissecting Andy Farrell's 35-man Ireland squad for the Six Nations. 🧐 – Joe Schmidt's new World Rugby role and the magic of the Bledisloe Cup. 😍 – Plus much more. Available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.
Wallabies veteran Kurtley Beale returns to take a spot on the bench.
15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ian Whitten, 11. Tom O’Flaherty, 10. Joe Simmonds (c), 9. Jack Maunder, 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Jonny Gray, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 8. Sam Simmonds.
16. Jack Yeandle, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Tom Francis, 19. Sam Skinner, 20. Jannes Kirsten, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Gareth Steenson, 23. Ollie Devoto,
15. Simon Zebo, 14. Louis Dupichot, 13. Virimi Vakatawa, 12. Henry Chavancy (c), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Teddy Iribaren, 1. Eddy Ben Arous, 2. Camille Chat, 3. Georges Henri Colombe, 4. Bernard Le Roux, 5. Dominic Bird, 6. Wenceslas Lauret, 7. Fabien Sanconnie, 8. Antonie Claassen.
16. Teddy Baubigny, 17. Hassane Kolingar, 18. Ali Oz, 19. Donnacha Ryan, 20. Boris Palu, 21. Maxime Machenaud, 22. Olivier Klemenczak, 23. Kurtley Beale,
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
AR1: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
AR2: Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Ian Davies (Wales)
Broadcasters: BT Sport/Channel 4/Virgin Media/FR 2/beIN SPORTS