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13th May 2019

Rugby player wins European cup on Saturday, still on the beers in full kit on Sunday

It's been some weekend for Alex Goode. He won the Champions Cup on Saturday, and over 24 hours later was at a pub in St. Albans - still in full kit


It’s been some weekend for Alex Goode

On Saturday, Goode’s Saracens side won the Champions Cup Final – rugby’s equivalent of the Champions League.

The London-based side defeated Irish champions Leinster 20-10 at St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Tries from Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola were enough to gift Sarries the cup, alongside the trusty boot of England star Owen Farrell.

Celebrations started as soon as the final whistle came around – and especially so for Alex Goode.

Goode was named EPCR European Player of the Year, and set about celebrating with the rest of the squad.

Over 24 hours later, Goode hadn’t been home – and was still in the pub. In his full match kit. And boots.

The clips were posted on Instagram by Goode’s teammate Maitland.

In defeating Leinster, Saracens became the first English team to win three Champions Cups, a feat made even more impressive when you consider they remained unbeaten throughout. They will also contest the Gallagher Premiership semi-final later this month in their pursuit of a league and cup double.

Despite defeat in Newcastle, Leinster are still set to win the Pro14 title. It looks to be a productive summer ahead for the Dublin-based side. Wales defence coach Robin McBryde, a key member of Warren Gatland’s backroom staff, has already agreed to join the club after the Rugby World Cup.

Before the game, JOE spoke to nutritionists from Saracens and Leinster. Fuelling the top clubs in Europe is a difficult task, but one George Morgan (Saracens) and Daniel Davey (Leinster) are entrusted with.

The pair provided a full day’s diet plan and also told us how they handle vegetarian players and the Keto Diet.