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It’s semi-final week in Europe, and the RFU Podcast is on hand to give you the inside track.
First of all, Mako Vunipola looks forward to Saracens’ Twickenham clash against Clermont. The Aviva Premiership side are back at the scene of their Heineken Cup exit last season, and are desperate to go one better.
They face a Top 14 giant in fine form, but Vunipola says the experience of losing to a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired Toulon at this stage a year ago can spur his teammates on to a winning performance – only if Clermont are matched physically, though.
Directing proceedings for Les Jaunards will be fly half Brock James, and he is expecting a tough tussle with England pivot Owen Farrell.
Tickets for the game are still available here.
The Amlin Challenge Cup semis are both all-English affairs, Northampton Saints facing Harlequins on Friday evening and London Wasps play Bath Rugby on Sunday.
On the RFU Podcast, you can listen to insights on that enticing pair of fixtures from Alex King, Conor O'Shea, James Haskell and Mike Ford.
Finally, John Fletcher reviews another successful FIRA/AER European Championships for his England Under 18 side.
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