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European Champions Cup: Does dynasty beckon for Exeter after historic win?

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Exeter have been solely promoted to the Premiership for the primary time in 2010

There was a second when Exeter head coach Rob Baxter was ready to do his post-match tv interview on the touchline at Ashton Gate.

When the tv director minimize to him, he was nonetheless turned over his shoulder, his again to the microphone, to gaze adoringly at his staff as they posed with their first Champions Cup trophy and sprayed the sponsor’s finest.

Baxter will not be wanting again for lengthy.

Much of the build-up to the ultimate, gained in nerve-jangling style in opposition to Parisians Racing 92, centered on his staff’s decade-long climb from second-tier wannabes to European royalty.

But that regular rise, splintering English membership rugby’s hierarchy, has been constructed on chairman Tony Rowe’s season-by-season plans. Always wanting forward at how far nonetheless to climb, somewhat than stopping to admire the view.

Next weekend, and the prospect to finish the second half of the Double within the Premiership remaining in opposition to Wasps, looms massive.

But, as they journey residence again down the M5, Baxter, Rowe and the remainder would possibly already be permitting their minds to wander a bit long term.

The latest historical past of the Champions Cup has been dominated by dynasties.

Leinster gained it thrice in 4 seasons from 2009.

Toulon gained three in a row from 2013. Exeter are solely too conscious of Saracens’ streak of success that included three of the previous 4 titles.

For Baxter that’s the problem. But additionally the chance.

His combine, combining sons of the south-west – seven of the beginning XV got here via the membership’s academy – with a pinch of stardust in Scotland internationals Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray is potent stuff.

With Saracens’ previous achievements referred to as into query and their future thrown into doubt by the salary-cap scandal, Exeter are undoubtedly England’s dominant membership facet.

Having seen off a star-studded Racing within the remaining and Top 14 champions Toulouse within the semi-finals, they may come into subsequent season’s title defence figuring out they’ll flip over the most effective from throughout the Channel.

Off the pitch, they appear a distance away from the remainder as effectively.

Last season, they have been the one membership within the Premiership to return a revenue. As coronavirus corrodes the video games’ funds, they’re extra steady than most.

The greatest menace to Exeter would possibly, certainly, be their very own success.

Baxter has already stated that the 2020-21 rugby calendar, compressed by coronavirus and clogged with a backlog of worldwide motion, will make subsequent season “very challenging”.

Jack Nowell
Nowell telephones residence from the pitch after beating Racing 92 within the Champions Cup remaining

His squad, a number of of whom have been sat within the ticker tape phoning absent household after the trophy presentation, can anticipate England head coach Eddie Jones to be dialling their quantity and taking them away from Sandy Park for lengthy stretches.

With George Kruis packing his luggage for Japan and Courtney Lawes dominated out of the autumn with damage, uncapped second row Jonny Hill should be shut to creating an England squad for the primary time since he toured South Africa in 2018.

Fly-half Joe Simmonds’ clever kicking from hand, accuracy off the tee and captaincy at simply 23 years of age marked him out as a sport supervisor of high quality.

Brother Sam Simmonds, who scored his 19th attempt of the season throughout the win over Racing and gained the European Player of the Year award after, has the impetus that has gone lacking from Billy Vunipola’s sport just lately.

Luke Cowan-Dickie’s relentlessness, Henry Slade’s mastery of time and area in midfield, Jack Nowell’s bottomless urge for food for work – all stood out within the rarefied air of a European remaining.

Of course, Exeter have been right here earlier than. Don Armand and Matt Kvesic have been championed by Chiefs followers, solely to be largely ignored by England. Jones shouldn’t be moved by public sentiment, his squad choices arduous to second-guess.

But Exeter’s cohesion at membership degree could add to all their gamers’ circumstances for worldwide inclusion.

Saracens have equipped England’s backbone in recent times.

But whereas Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola and brother Mako have signed on to remain collectively, they’re unlikely to play collectively for his or her membership subsequent season.

With Saracens relegated to the Championship, some have been linked with loans away. Others are utilizing the time to relaxation up and keep contemporary for worldwide motion.

Will it maintain them sharp? Or uninteresting their edge?

The Chiefs are first in line if the latter. And possibly, Jones will conduct some surgical procedure, if not a full transplant, on that backbone regardless.

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