The Champions Cup final was a game that had it all. A French team vs an English side, in Scotland, refereed by a Welshman, in front of an Irish crowd.
Clermont and Saracens served up a cracker in Murrayfield in the Champions Cup decider, and as Sarries defended their title on a scoreline of 28-17, Eddie Jones may well have been an interested observer.
The England head coach will be leading an inexperienced side to Argentina in the summer, in the absence of those selected for the Lions.
The Red Rose enjoy huge depth and even have the luxury of not considering some quality players.
Two outcasts from the national team played major parts in the Champions Cup final today.
Chris Ashton and Nick Abendanon both scored tries either side of half-time. The former has fallen out of favour with the national team setup, and is moving to Toulon next season, while the Clermont fullback falls victim to the overseas policy.
Firstly, Ashton collected a delightful chip through, showing his pace to win the ball and touch down to give the London side an early lead.
As Clermont stormed back into contention, Abendanon showed the guile to speed past the Sarries defence to finish off a well-worked move by the Top 14 outfit.
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