The biggest rugby union match of the year will stream live online for free on Saturday, when London club Saracens F.C. faces Paris powerhouse Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup Final, a match that pits perhaps the world’s top fly-half in Racing’s Dan Carter against one of the world’s most exciting young up-and-comers at the position in England’s Owen Farrell.
The 24-year-old Farrell is already an experienced rugby star, having played his debut match for Saracens in 2008, less than two weeks after his 17th birthday.
Carter at age 34 still sits at the pinnacle of world rugby, winning two Rugby World Cup championships with his national team, the New Zealand All-Blacks — taking the Man of the Match honors in last year’s World Cup Final — as well as three World Rugby Player of the Year awards including in 2015, as well as 2012 and 2005.
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) May 13, 2016
“There is nothing Carter lacks and the only negative is his age,” wrote BBC Sports rugby union correspondent Jeremy Guscott. “At 34 he’s not as quick as he once was and he doesn’t put the hits in like he could when he was a young man.”
But Farrell, Guscott wrote on Friday, “has unbelievable mental toughness. He’s also physically strong, good defensively and a great goal-kicker under pressure — when it’s required he nails it.”
Watch a preview of the European Champions Cup Rugby Union Final in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Saracens F.C. vs. Racing 92 European Champions Cup Final rugby union match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is set for 5:45 p.m. Central European Summer Time at the 59,000-seat The Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines, France, just outside of Lyon, on Saturday, May 14.
Rugby fans in the United Kingdom can catch the live stream at 4:45 p.m. British Summer Time, while United States-based fans can watch the Champions Cup Final starting at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 8:45 a.m. Pacific.
Here are the teams and all the details for the Champions Cup final: Saracens v Racing 92 pic.twitter.com/Tc1B1aCQsR
— Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) May 13, 2016
Saracens comes into the Final match on a roll, winning all six of their pool stage games then plowing through Northampton Saints and Wasps in elimination matches to reach the final.
Their form appears to make Saracens the favorite to take their first-ever European Champions Cup trophy. But though the game is not being played in Paris, Racing 92 have what amounts to a home field advantage, and they feature one of the world’s top players in Carter.
“If Dan Carter is on his game then they have every chance of winning,” Sky Sports rugby expert and former New Zealand great Sean Fitzpatrick said on Friday. “Saracens will look to get to him and unsettle him but many teams have tried that unsuccessfully.”
Saracens v Racing ‘will be physical’ – Jeremy Guscott on what promises to be a physical and tactical battle bet… https://t.co/FtP71UvTtd
— Steve Jarman (@ElinTilly) May 14, 2016
An English rugby team has not brought home a European championship since Wasps managed the feat in 2007. Saracens advanced all the way to the Champions Cup Final in 2014, only to lose to another French side, Toulon.
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ESPN3, the free, online-only network of sports giant ESPN, will carry the Saracens F.C. vs. Racing 92 European Champions Cup Final rugby match live stream, with online video from Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France. Click on this link to watch the biggest European rugby match of the year streaming for free on a computer, or on mobile and set-top devices with ESPN3 on the WatchESPN app.
ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3. In Europe, a live stream of the Saracens F.C. vs. Racing 92 European Champions Cup Final rugby match is available via BT Sport at this link, but will require a subscription.
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