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European semi-finals preview with Henry Slade & Dom McKay

Will Kelleher and Alex Lowe round up all the latest across the Premiership, Women's 6 Nations and the European semi-finals. They are joined by the Chairman of European Club Rugby, Dom McKay, to discuss the challenges facing the Champions Cup from the administrative point of view. Plus, they are also joined by Exeter centre Henry Slade to look ahead to their match against La Rochelle. Jess Hayden talks all things Women's 6 Nations as England setup a Grand Slam decider this weekend at Twickenham against France. And, they name their God or Goddess of the week.

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    36:42
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