Saracens will look to hold on to their title they won against Bath 12 months ago. Getty Images

The Premiership's top two go head-to-head at the climax of the domestic season as European Champions Cup winners and holders Saracens take on Exeter Chiefs, playing in their first showcase final six years after their promotion into the top flight.

Where to watch

Saracens vs Exeter Chiefs kicks off at 3pm BST on Saturday 28 May. In the United Kingdom, live coverage is available on BT Sport 1 and HD1 from 15.45.


Saracens can underline their status as the most dominant team in Europe by retaining their Premiership title when they face the history-chasing Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham. Mark McCall's side beat Racing 92 to win the European Champions Cup for the first time a fortnight ago and can complete a historic double if they overcome Rob Baxter's team.

The Chiefs can meanwhile cap a momentous rise, six years on from earning promotion into the top flight. After achieving their best ever league finish and making their maiden semi-final appearance, the Devon-based club can complete another sporting fairytale in 2016.

Of the players in action, 11 of them will make up part of England's touring party in Australia this summer, though that group goes not include Chris Ashton after he was omitted from Eddie Jones' selection, and then turned down a place on the Saxons tour to South Africa. While many of the Saracens team are well-versed in the big occasion, the game represents a test of Jack Nowell and Henry Slade's temperament as they look to force their way into Jones' plans down under.

Chris Ashton
Can Chris Ashton make Eddie Jones regret his omission for England? Getty Images

The battle off the field between McCall and Baxter could also have repercussions for the national team. Both have been linked with a future role with England and with Eddie Jones leaving the role after the 2019 World Cup this represents an opportunity to further enhance their claim to succeeding the Aussie.

In terms of achievement, it is hard to separate McCall and Baxter. Saracens are on course for their third title in five seasons and with many of their team key to England's grand slam triumph, they are unquestionably the real deal in English rugby. Sarries would have been forgiven for taking their eye of the ball after claiming European glory in Lyon, but have once again proved their unmatchable winning mentality.

Exeter have emerged from humble beginnings into Premiership heavyweights, with youthful exuberance and fearless football key to success. Whether that can be repeated when they enter uncharted waters remains to be seen but there is no doubting the mark they have made on the domestic game. It would be foolish to write-off the Leicester City of rugby union.


Saracens: 15. Alex Goode, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Brad Barritt (c), 11. Chris Wyles, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. Petrus du Plessis, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. George Kruis, 6. Michael Rhodes, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Juan Figallo, 19. Jim Hamilton, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Marcelo Bosch.

Henry Slade
Can Henry Slade impress Eddie Jones? Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs: 15. Phil Dollman, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ian Whitten, 11. Olly Woodburn, 10. Gareth Steenson (capt), 9. Will Chudley; 1. Ben Moon, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Mitch Lees, 5. Geoff Parling, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Julian Salvi, 8. Don Armand.

Replacements: 16. Jack Yeandle, 17. Alec Hepburn, 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Damian Welch, 20. Kai Horstmann, 21. Dave Lewis, 22. Michele Campagnaro, 23. James Short

Route to the final

Saracens secured top spot in the Premiership after beating Newcastle Falcons at the start of May. In the semi-final play-off, they outlasted Leicester Tigers with a 44-17 thrashing at Allianz Park.

The Chiefs finished in the play-off places for the first time after finishing as runners-up in the Premiership to Saracens. Passage to the final was secured via a a 34-23 win over Wasps at Sandy Park.

What the coaches say:

Mark McCall: "They are very well organised and they also work unbelievably hard and they have a real collective spirit, the way that they work together is something which we admire. On top of that, they have some gold dust, they have some wonderful players in Slade and Nowell and two half-backs which in my view are underrated.

Jack Nowell
Can Nowell shock Saracens before resuming England duty? Getty Images

"It is an incredible story, to do it in the manner that they have, building year on year – they haven't tried to go big early, or anything, they have just built momentum. It is phenomenal what has been achieved by Rob and his coaching staff, when we go to analyse all the opposition, they are the best coached team and the best organised team."

Rob Baxter: "Ultimately, this is what finals are about. It is first versus second, they have had a fantastic season in Europe and, if you are going to play in a final and if it is worth winning, it is worth having it against a team like Saracens.

"They are a very good team, but we didn't finish too far off them in the Premiership season. Yes, they beat us pretty well up at their place, but we had a pretty tight game at our place and we beat them a couple of times last year. We won't just go there and talk about playing and enjoying the day, we need to make it a very tough game of rugby and give ourselves the best opportunity to get something out of it."