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The news is all European this week.

European Rugby Championship – The final pits Saracens versus Racing 92 of Paris in an event that has drawn increased interest because All Black’s Dan Carter, Plyer of the Year, will start for the French team. These fifteens have met before with the English club leading with a 4-1 won loss record. Saracens have averaged 34 points per game, the best record, while Racing 92 have ceded the fewest points at 13,

The championship is notable because it does not include powerhouses Toulon or Clermont from France’s Top 14 nor any of the strong Irish Celtic League squads, which have also made it often into the finals. The latter are experiencing serious financial problems.

European Challenge Cup – In the secondary challenge cup, Montpellier takes on Harlequins for the lesser title. The Quins won this event in 2012. The contest is tonight in Lyon,

Paris 7s in L’Equipe - The national sports newspaper, a daily that’s like a much expanded version of your local paper’s sports section, devoted two pages to the Paris 7s. It shows a world map of the ten journeys that the teams make on the circuit. The paper featured three international stars, Sonny Bill Williams from New Zealand, Santiago Cordero from Argentina, and Josua Tuisova from Fiji. But no mention of the USA’s Perry Baker or Nate Ebner.