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Recap: Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle LIVE | Heineken Champions Cup

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Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and La Rochelle at Sandy Park.

Keep up to date with the latest score, stats and join the conversation from anywhere in the world in our Live Match Centre (click here).

Rob Baxter’s Chiefs are boosted but the return of Harry Williams at tighthead after his two-week suspension. Dave Dennis, Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds also return to bolster the pack.

Nic White misses out after sustaining a facial injury at Glasgow. Jack Maunder is promoted at scrum-half, while in the centre Sam Hill is chosen instead of Ollie Devoto.

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Jim Hamilton discusses the quality of players currently playing in Japan’s Top League

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“A win this weekend would not only reward the players for all of their hard work, but it would be a great reward for the supporters and the club as a whole,” said Baxter as already qualified Exeter look to finish their pool campaign with the win that would earn them a home quarter-final. 

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EXETER: 15. Stuart Hogg; 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Ian Whitten, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Olly Woodburn; 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Jack Maunder; 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Dave Dennis (capt), 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 8. Sam Simmonds. Reps: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Enrique Pieretto Heiland, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Matt Kvesic, 21. Stu Townsend, 22. Gareth Steenson, 23. Ollie Devoto.

LA ROCHELLE: 15. Vincent Rattez; 14. Kini Murimurivalu, 13. Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12. Pierre Aguillon, 11. Arthur Retiere; 10. Ihaia West, 9. Thomas Berjon; 1. Dany Priso, 2. Pierre Bourgarit, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Romain Sazy (capt), 5. Remi Leroux, 6. Lopeti Timani, 7. Zeno Kieft, 8. Gregory Alldritt. Reps: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Léo Aouf, 18. Sila Puafisi, 19. Thomas Lavault, 20. Wiaan Liebenberg, 21. Alexi Bales, 22. Brock James, 23. Elliot Roudil.

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Jon 1 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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