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Saracens Player Was Out In Full Kit 24 Hours After Winning Cup

Rugby player wins European cup on Saturday, still on the beers in full kit on Sunday

On Saturday, Goode's Saracens side won the Champions Cup Final - rugby's equivalent of the Champions League.

Having also lost Joey Carbery and Jordi Murphy to rival provinces last summer, along with the retirement of captain Isa Nacewa, Cullen said Leinster will continue to focus on bringing players through their youth system, rather than recruit from outside.

"I think we know what to expect, but they're big, big men; very big men".

Saracens proved unstoppable once Maitland touched down following a dominant Leinster opening, ultimately overcoming a yellow card for Maro Itoje to storm home and taste Champions Cup glory once again.

But Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell kicked a penalty conceded by counterpart Jonathan Sexton, and deep in injury time Farrell helped to set up Sean Maitland in the corner for the half to finish 10-10. "The whole squad was outstanding all year but that performance form the whole group to go 10-0 down and fight back like that was just outstanding", Goode said.

'It was nearly like the Maro yellow card released us and allowed us to play our game, and it's pleasing when you can have a reaction, ' said man-of-the-match Barritt after Leinster were denied a record fifth triumph.

"It was pivotal in terms of the way it changed the momentum of the game", said Saracens centre Brad Barritt, who emerged with the man of the match prize after becoming only the second player to captain a team to three wins in Europe's premier club competition after Leinster coach Leo Cullen. I can't speak highly of the leaders around me but more importantly how the team responded to these key messages.

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In defeating Leinster, Saracens became the first English team to win three Champions Cups, a feat made even more impressive when you consider they remained unbeaten throughout.

"We met at a quarter-final stage past year, obviously we had home advantage that day". The size of some of their players. they're a big, big hard team with lots of quality.

Farrell opened Saracens' account by landing a penalty just before the break, and then they hit Leinster by scoring a try on the stroke of half-time.

"You see the size of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Will Skelton and we don't have access to too many players of that stature and they certainly did wear us down". We can either mope for 10 minutes and cling on, or we can take it to them.

"I thought they did that very well".

"We're gutted now but we just need to dust ourselves off".

"We created lots of opportunities, and you just need to make sure you nail your chances".

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