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Live blog: Rugby Europe Championship 2024 finals in Paris

By Liam Heagney
Georgia and Portugal in action at the recent Rugby World Cup (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With the Guinness Six Nations having signed off on Saturday night in Lyon with a classic France versus England encounter, RugbyPass has relocated on Sunday morning by train to Paris for finals day in the Rugby Europe Championship.

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For the first time, tournament organisers have decided to stage all the last-round matches at a single venue rather than at scattered locations across the continent and what is in store promises to be a real Test rugby treat.

It all kicks off at midday local time at Stade Jean Bouin, the home of the Top 14 club Stade Francais, with Poland contesting the seventh-place play-off with Belgium, who were 2024 first-round giant-killers when they impressively picked off Rugby World Cup surprise packet Portugal with an epic 10-6 upset at Mons.

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Richard Cockerill on facing RWC darlings Portugal

Richard Cockerill on the dangers of facing the attacking threats of Portugal

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Richard Cockerill on facing RWC darlings Portugal

Richard Cockerill on the dangers of facing the attacking threats of Portugal

Next on the schedule will be the 2:45pm meeting of neighbours Holland and Germany in the fifth-place play-off. It’s their second faceoff in four weeks as the Dutch won a final round Pool A match 39-13 in Amsterdam on February 18.

The bronze medal match at 6:15pm will feature Romania, a participant at the recent World Cup in France, clashing with Spain, who were unlucky not to reach the Rugby Europe final as they only narrowly lost out 30-33 to Portugal in their semi-final in Lisbon two weeks ago.

Finals day then culminates at 9pm with the latest instalment in the increasingly fierce rivalry that is Georgia and Portugal, a decider that can be watched live on RugbyPass TV (click here to stream).

The Portuguese came of age at France 2023, drawing 18-all with the Georgians in Toulouse before returning to the same city 15 days later to upset Fiji.

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Georgia, who are now coached by ex-England assistant Richard Cockerill, go into the decider as the six-in-a-row champions and the collision is sure to be explosive.

Follow all the action as it unfolds in Paris on the RugbyPass live blog:

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