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5 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Champions Cup Final

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Champions Cup Final
By Conor O'Leary
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You may be forgiven for not realising that the pinnacle of European rugby was on this weekend. Clermont and Toulon will be battling out for the crown of the best club team in Europe, but the interest in an All-French final in the new Champions Cup isn't overly high.

For one, the timing of the final is a bit strange, given that it's not yet final season. This is reflected in the strange measures that the EPCR have had to take to try and shift some tickets to avoid an empty final stadium.

But all this doesn't mean that there aren't good reasons to watch the game. Here are five reasons why you should avoid the awful weather outside and sit yourself in front of the couch with a nice beverage and take in some European rugby for an hour and half.

Coverage starts at 4pm on Sky Sports 3 and BT Sport 1, with kick off at 5pm.

The Best Players

Clermont Auvergne and Toulon are the two best teams in club rugby in Europe. There's no questioning that. They have two of the best squads ever. Their teams are almost like Barbarians they are so good.

There aren't many other places where you will be able to see Morgan Parra and Sebastian Tillous Borde battle it out as France two best scrumhalves, or Bryan Habana duel with Noa Nakataici, or Juan Martin Hernandez and Mathieu Bastareaud fight for dominance with Wesley Fofana and Jonathan Davies. And that's just in the backs!

Titans At The End Of Their Careers

Both teams have players who have been at the top of the game in the last ten years who will be playing in their final European game. Some, like Carl Hayman, Ali Williams and Bakkies Botha will be retiring at the end of the French season, so there won't be many more opportunities to see these great players ever again.


Others like Juan Smith, Matt Giteau or Aurelien Rougerie are in the middle of their 30's, and won't be around forever.

Magical Ability

Both teams are absolutely packed with X factor. Given the right conditions, this could be a fiercely entertaining game. For Toulon, with Giteau and Hernandez pulling the strings around Habana and Bastareaud, anything could happen for the likes of Drew Mitchell or Masoe to feed off.

While Parra is Clermont's main man, and players like Fofana, Nakaitaci or Abendanon can create something out of nothing for finishers like Jon Davies or Nalaga.

Nigel Owens

Nigel Owens is the best referee in the business. On his resume are some of the most entertaining games in the last three years including South Africa v New Zealand in 2013, or Ireland v New Zealand in 2013.

Plus, he's always good for the one-liners like this

World Cup

This is one of the last high quality games before the World Cup starts more than three months away.


And this game will feature several players who will be there. There are some of the French contigent including Guilhem Guirado, Chiocci, Tillous-Borde and Bastareaud for Toulon, while Clermont have Vincent Debaty, Morgan Parra, Fofana and Noa Nakaitaci amongst others.

That doesn't include Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell who are now eligible for Australia, while Habana, Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies and Hernandez are all stars who could be in Ireland's way to a first ever final.

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