Exeter v Racing 92: European Champions Cup final – live! | Sport
It’s all good news on the fitness front for Exeter: England wing Jack Nowell was a doubt with a foot injury, but has been passed fit to start. Henry Slade, Joe Simmonds and Jonny Gray all had fitness concerns too, but all start.
For Racing 92, Teddy Thomas misses out on the wing with Louis Dupichot coming into the starting line-up. Finn Russell starts at fly-half and Virimi Vakatawa takes his place at outside centre alongside captain Henry Chavancy at No 12. Ireland’s Simon Zebo is at full-back. Look out for the hooker, Camille Chat, who is a massive handful in the loose.
Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds (capt.), Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Gray, Hill, Ewers, Vermeulen, Sam 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, Bird, Lauret, Sanconnie, Claassen.
Replacements: Baubigny, Kolingar, Oz, Ryan, Palu, Machenaud, Klemenczak, Beale.
If Exeter needed any kind of warning about what Russell and Vakatawa are capable of, they needed to look no further than the semi-final score against Saracens which clinched their place in today’s final: