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Exeter v Northampton live stream – how to watch the quarter-final



Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from anywhere

The last of this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-finals brings a first European meeting between two teams undergoing wildly different fortunes (5.30pm).

Exeter top the Premiership and have been winning games even with a second string. Saints have lost six of their last seven games and are coming off the back of a defeat by Leicester that DoR Chris Boyd views as “probably the worst” performance in his two years at the club.

The Chiefs, albeit slightly fortuitously, beat Northampton away at the start of this month with a side bearing little relation to today’s star-studded line-up. Few people give Saints a prayer but Exeter boss Rob Baxter is rightly on his guard.

“All week we’ve talked about how we have to prepare to face the very best Northampton side,” he said, “because there is no reason, especially when you look at their squad, that they can’t make something happen on the day. That means we have to be the best Exeter Chiefs team that we can be. We’re in decent form but it’s still a one-off game.”

Fit-again Tom O’Flaherty returns and so has a chance to build on recent success against the East Midlanders. The wing scored a super solo effort against them in last year’s 30-point Premiership semi-final thrashing and got the winner – a close-range snipe from a ruck – in this month’s league meeting at Franklin’s Gardens.

Exeter v Northampton live stream Tom O'Flaherty

Starting role: Chiefs wing Tom O’Flaherty puts his foot on the gas at Franklin’s Gardens (Getty Images)

Irishman Ian Whitten makes his 50th Champions Cup appearance and Scottish scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is one of five internationals on the bench.

Related: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne proving a natural Chief

Baxter said Saints had played “mind games” in the build-up as attention focused on stretched front-row resources. With Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and Nick Auterac both suffering injuries at Bristol, Saints were left with one fit loosehead in teenager Emmanuel Iyogun – raising the spectre of uncontested scrums.

Chiefs were more than happy to agree to a rule change that allowed Saints to sign Alex Seville on loan from Gloucester after the EPCR registration deadline. In the Premiership at least, no side wins more scrum penalties than Exeter and they want a proper contest. If today runs to form, Saints will be in for a torrid time in the set-piece, regardless of what the competition’s ‘scrum success’ stats might tell us.

Exeter v Northampton live stream Henry Taylor

Popping in: Henry Taylor scores at Leicester but it was a bleak day for Saints (MI News/NurPhoto/Getty)

Northampton’s malaise is highlighted by the selection of Taqele Naiyaravoro, the chart topper for offloads and defenders beaten, on the bench. His form and confidence has withered along with the team’s, with passes going to ground that earlier in the season were being turned into tries. The departure of scrum-half Cobus Reinach has hurt them badly.

Any side with men like Dan Biggar, Courtney Lawes and the on-song David Ribbans in its ranks cannot be taken lightly. However, a Saints win today would be a far bigger upset than even Saracens’ remarkable win yesterday in Leinster.

This will be the ninth European quarter-final for Saints, who won the trophy back in 2000 and came close again in 2011. In contrast, Exeter have reached this stage only once before, losing to Jimmy Gopperth’s last-gasp kick for Wasps in a 2016 quarter-final at Coventry.

Chiefs’ European record fails to reflect their high domestic performance in recent years. It was for days like this that players like Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray were signed – to take them to places they’ve never been.

You can watch highlights of the teams’ 2019 Premiership semi-final meeting here.

Exeter: Stuart Hogg; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ian Whitten, Tom O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds (capt), Jack Maunder; Alec Hepburn, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams, Jonny Gray, Jonny Hill, Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Ollie Devoto.

Northampton: George Furbank; Matt Proctor, Fraser Dingwall, Rory Hutchinson, Ahsee Tuala; Dan Biggar, Henry Taylor, AN Other, Mikey Haywood, Owen Franks, David Ribbans, Api Ratuniyarawa, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Teimana Harrison (capt).

Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Alex Seville, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Nick Isiekwe, 21 Shaun Adendorff, 22 Alex Mitchell, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Exeter v Northampton live stream Rob Baxter

Hand on the tiller: DoR Rob Baxter is warning against complacency for this evening’s game (Getty Images)

Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Exeter v Northampton wherever you are…

How to watch Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints from outside your country

If you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Champions Cup coverage, like Exeter v Northampton, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Champions Cup live stream you would at home.

Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the UK & Ireland

Exeter v Northampton, which kicks off at 5.30pm on Sunday, will be shown live on BT Sport 3 in the UK and Ireland. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.

That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.

If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Exeter v Northampton takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from France

To watch Exeter v Northampton (kick-off 6.30pm) in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the main rights holders. It costs €15 a month to access the coverage or if you commit to six months you get a discount of €12 a month.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from Europe

If you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Exeter v Northampton (kick-off 6.30pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the USA

If you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Champions Cup matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.

Exeter v Northampton will kick off at 12.30pm EST and 9am on the West Coast.

The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from Australia

For those in Australia, a subscription to digital rugby network RugbyPass allows you to watch Exeter v Northampton at 2am on Monday (AEST). Subscriptions start from US$4.99 a month.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from New Zealand

Spark Sport, the live and on-demand streaming service, has the rights to show Exeter v Northampton in New Zealand. It kicks off at 4am on Monday.

It costs $24.99 for a monthly subscription and you can also sign up for a seven-day FREE trial.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from South Africa

SuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Champions Cup in South Africa and you can watch Exeter v Northampton at 6.30pm.

There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from Japan

DAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Exeter v Northampton in Japan (kick-off 1am). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.

Exeter v Northampton live stream: How to watch from elsewhere

EPCR have launched an OTT service,, so you can stream live Champions Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories (UK & Ireland, France, USA, Malta, Spain, Andorra and Sub-Saharan Africa).

It’s €2.99 to watch a single Champions Cup match or you can buy a season pass to watch all of the remaining games of the 2019-20 campaign for €11.99. Or if you want to watch both the Champions and Challenge Cups, it’s €17.99 for a season pass for the rest of 2019-20.

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England’s rugby union players told to look at Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration



Cristiano Ronaldo has been held up as the inspiration for England’s new generation as Eddie Jones outlines the possible futures available to his young prospects.

Twenty-one uncapped players have been selected in a provisional squad that has begun preparations for a summer series consisting of a second string fixture against Scotland ‘A’ on June 27 and July Tests against the United States and Canada.

Many will be jettisoned when the 34-strong group is revised with additions from Saracens and Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists Bristol, Exeter, Sale and Harlequins, but in the meantime Jones has told them to seize their opportunity.

Eddie Jones has been urging his uncapped prospects to seize their opportunity

(PA Wire)

And to illustrate his point he singled out Ronaldo, the Portuguese great who was raised in poverty and has gone on to become one of football’s finest players – and is now the highest goalscorer in European Championship history after netting twice against Hungary on Tuesday.

England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot said: “It’s about having a conversation and a relationship with a player, mapping out the best he can be.

“Eddie used the great example of Ronaldo, where he is and where he came from. He’s a 36-year-old and the world’s best footballer.

“Look at where he’s come from – it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, it’s what you put in every day to be the best you can be.

Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot is drilling England’s pack for the summer series

(PA Wire)

“Our message to the young players is to grow and to be as good as they can be and use this opportunity.”

One player Jones and Proudfoot will not be working with is Alfie Barbeary, the versatile Wasps forward who was set to make his Test debut this summer only to suffer a fractured cheek and eye socket in training.

Barbeary has been limited to just two appearances this year because of a run of injuries culminating in this latest setback, bringing a halt to the tackle-busting progress made last year.

“Alfie is a phenomenal player, absolutely phenomenal player and I’d just love to get to work with him,” Proudfoot said.

“It’s just indicative of how tough he plays that he picks up these niggles. That’s how opportunity is created for other players, but I feel for Alfie. He just wants to get a run of games.

“When you watch him play, he plays with a freedom and enthusiasm, being such a young man. So I just feel for him.”

England have provided four front rows to the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and Proudfoot, the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup-winning forward coach, believes they will be hugely influential in the Tests.

“It’s going to be some series. The front row is where the series is going to be won and lost,” he said.

“If you look at the Springboks and how they’ve picked their team, they’ve obviously picked a heavier front row. The physical confrontation up front is going to be immense.

“I hope to be back in South Africa when those games are being played so I’d love to see what that vibe is like and just experience it.”

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Gallagher Premiership Dream Team of the season revealed



Five Bristol Bears players have been selected in the Gallagher Premiership Dream Team for the 2020/21 season, after Pat Lam’s side topped the table.

BT Sport pundits Ben Kay and Austin Healey have selected the side, which features players from seven of the 12 clubs that took part in this season’s Premiership.

Just three England internationals have been selected in the team, although there are a few uncapped Englishmen in the side who could soon play for their country for the first time in this summer’s tests against the USA and Canada.

Plenty of uncapped players in the side.

Former All Blacks prop John Afoa is the oldest player to be named in the team, after the 37-year-old continuously defied his age to put in a number of great performances for Bristol this season.

Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith is the youngest player to make the side, after the 22-year-old spent another season tearing things up for the south west London club.

In total international players from five separate nations – England, New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Tonga – have been named in the side.

Seven players in the team – Tom O’Flaherty, Piers O’Conor, Josh Bassett, Marcus Smith, David Ribbans, Dave Ewers and Will Evans – have never won an international cap.

12 of the 15 players selected will take part in this weekend’s Premiership play-offs for one of Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins or Sale Sharks.

Check out the BT Sport Gallagher Premiership Dream Team below.

15. Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears)
14. Tom O’Flaherty (Exeter Chiefs)
13. Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears)
12. Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears)
11. Josh Bassett (Wasps)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
9. Danny Care (Harlequins)
8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
7. Will Evans (Harlequins)
6. Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
5. David Ribbons (Northampton Saints)
4. Chris Vui (Bristol Bears)
3. John Afoa (Bristol Bears)
2. Akker van der Merwe (Sale Sharks)
1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)

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George Skivington lifts the lid on Jack Singleton’s Covid withdrawal from the England squad



Gloucester Rugby hooker Jack Singleton can count himself highly unlucky having been withdrawn from England’s training squad to prepare for the summer internationals after being told to self-isolating following a COVID-19 close contact notification via the NHS app.

Singleton, who has three caps for England, last played for his country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup against the USA.

With Eddie Jones resting nearly all his senior England squad, and with 12 English players away with the British and Irish Lions on the tour to South Africa, Singleton was welcomed back into the fold, handing the 25-year-old a chance to work his way back into the squad on a permanent basis.

However, popping out for a coffee has proved costly for Singleton.

Cherry and Whites head coach George Skivington said: “I hope he will get back involved.

“He just got caught out on track and trace. He went out for a coffee and scanned the barcode and track and trace alerted him he needed to isolate, unfortunately for him.

“That is the danger of going for a coffee.”

The Cherry and Whites suffered their own Covid significant outbreak in recent weeks which saw the club forfeit their final two regular season games of the 2020/21 season. However, Singleton’s situation was not related.

Skivington said: “I am hoping he is just out for this week, which will probably rule him out for the Scotland A game [on Sunday, June 27] and then hopefully he will be back in.

“I don’t see any reason why he should be excluded permanently but I don’t know what Eddie’s [Jones] policies are on it.”

Skivington continued: “Jack missed a fair bit of the season with injury but he was on good form here at the back end of the season.

“I think getting called up was good and he was excited, excited to get the chance to get a few more caps and have some more experience of being in that camp.

“Fingers crossed they will let him back in once he is out of isolation.

Gloucester captain Lewis Ludlow has also been included in the initial training squad which are training at The Lensbury in Teddington ahead facing Scotland A, the USA and Canada this summer.

Wasps’ Gabriel Oghre has been called up to the squad in place of Singleton.

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England’s summer fixtures

England A v Scotland A – Sunday 27 June, 2pm KO

England v USA – Sunday 4 July, 2pm KO

England v Canada – Saturday 10 July, 3pm KO

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