How to watch European Challenge Cup final 2020: Bristol Bears vs Toulon TV channel, start time and live streamHow to watch European Challenge Cup final 2020: Bristol Bears vs Toulon TV channel, start time and live stream.Bristol Bears will be hoping to finish their season on a high when they take on Toulon in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final on Friday night.
Pat Lam’s men finished a creditable third in the Gallagher Premiership before a disappointing pasting at the hands of Wasps in the semi-final last Saturday.
Their French opponents, three times champions of Europe and four times champions of France, will be no pushovers, however, with international stars like Eben Etzebeth, Sergio Parisse and Charles Ollivon expected to start.
How to watch Challenge Cup final
Kick-off time: 8pm (BST) Venue: Stade Maurice David, Aix-en-Provence TV channel: BT Sport 2 from 7.15pm Live stream: Via the BT Sport website or app
Friday’s Challenge Cup final between Bristol Bears and Toulon in France will have a limited crowd of 1,000 spectators, the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Monday after it received permission from local authorities.The match is set to be played at the Stade Maurice David in Aix-en-Provence which has a capacity of over 6,400.
“A limited number of fans will be able to attend the Challenge Cup final after authorities in the Bouches-du-Rhone department granted EPCR permission to sell 1,000 tickets for the showpiece match in Aix-en-Provence,” EPCR said in a statement.
“EPCR is committed to ensuring that all matches in its tournaments are staged in line with public health guidelines in order to prioritise the safety of stakeholders.”
However, the top-tier Champions Cup final between Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92 will be played without spectators at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday.
The finals of both competitions were originally scheduled to take place in May but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92, Champions Cup
Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92, Champions Cup final 2020: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? It is the final of the 2019-20 Champions Cup between Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92.
Exeter beat Toulouse at Sandy Park in the semi-finals two weeks ago, while Racing pulled a late rabbit out the hat to conquer reigning champions Saracens in Paris.
The competition is guaranteed a new winner, too, as neither of these two have won the Champions Cup previously. Furthermore, this is Exeter’s first final, while this will mark Racing’s third visit to Europe’s showpiece, having lost to Leinster and Saracens respectively on their two previous appearances.
When is the match?
The Champions Cup final is on Saturday, October 17.
What time is kick-off?
The match starts at 4.45pm BST.
What TV channel is it on?
The match is on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 4pm, and Channel 4, where coverage starts at 4.15pm. You can also follow all the action right here when our live blog kicks off.
What is the latest team news?
Although the teams are yet to be announced, there has been good news this week in that Exeter announced that they had no coronavirus positives in their squad, while Racing have had no further confirmed positives since the virus cut through their squad at the start of the month, resulting in nine positive tests and forcing the squad to fly into a protected bubble at Porto Vecchio in Corsica on Sunday.
But it is very much advantage Exeter in terms of preparation, with Finn Russell suggesting on Wednesday that his team’s build-up to the final has been hampered.
The Chiefs, too, will be buoyed by the news that Jack Nowell is back fit and available for selection; Rob Baxter’s squad will be at full strength.
What are the Telegraph writers saying?
Revealed: The secrets of the Exeter talent factory
By Mick Cleary, Chief Rugby Union Writer