The teams have been announced for Sunday’s return European Rugby Champions Cup match between Clermont and Ulster at Stade Marcel-Michelin, kick off 3:05 pm UK/IRE. Live on Sky Sports.
Unsurprisingly Ulster have stuck, as much as they can, to the team that featured last week, the only change being the return of Franco van der Merwe for the injured Robbie Diack.
Clermont, on the other hand have made ten changes overall and five to the starting line up due to a mixture of injuries and what appears to be a desire to bulk up to the side that caused Ulster problems in the final quarter.
Isaiah Toeava and Noa Nakaitaci replace Scott Spedding and David Strettle respectively are the only changes in the back line and up front prop Raphael Chaume makes way for Etienne Falgoux and Arthur Iturria and Viktor Kolelishvili replaces Flip van der Merwe and Peceli Yato who both drop to the bench.
In Clermont’s bench there is a whole new set of front row replacements in hooker John Ulugia and props Thomas Domingo and Mickael Simutoga, the final changes being the inclusion of Pato Fernandez and the return of the legend Aurélien Rougerie.
Having failed to outscore Ulster last week it looks as though Clermont are going for a slightly less subtle approach this week and I expect them to take the game on up front from early doors. If this is the case then Rodney Ah You and Andrew Warwick will need to switch in a lot quicker than they did last week when they come on, though for the rest of the team it’s pretty much same again thank you.
The FRU Predicts. We’ll we predicted an Ulster defeat last week and we’ll do the same again this week in the hope that we are wrong for the third week in a row. 🙂 All joking aside it’s going to be a hard day at the office up front and Ulster will need to be equally as clinical as they were last week if they are going to stay in the hunt in this one.
|Isaiah Toeava||15||Charles Piutau|
|Noa Nakaitaci||14||Tommy Bowe|
|Remi Lamerat||13||Luke Marshall|
|Wesley Fofana||12||Stuart McCloskey|
|Nick Abendanon||11||Louis Ludik|
|Camille Lopez||10||Paddy Jackson|
|Morgan Parra||9||Ruan Pienaar|
|Etienne Falgoux||1||Kyle McCall|
|Benjamin Kayser||2||Rory Best|
|Davit Zirakashvili||3||Wiehahn Herbst|
|Arthur Iturria||4||Pete Browne|
|Sébastien Vahaamahina||5||Franco vd Merwe|
|Viktor Kolelishvili||6||Iain Henderson|
|Alexandre Lapandry||7||Chris Henry|
|Damien Chouly||8||Sean Reidy|
|John Ulugia||16||Rob Herring|
|Thomas Domingo||17||Andrew Warwick|
|Mickael Simutoga||18||Rodney Ah You|
|Flip Van Der Merwe||19||Kieran Treadwell|
|Peceli Yato||20||Clive Ross|
|Ludovic Radosavljevic||21||Paul Marshall|
|Pato Fernandez||22||Darren Cave|
|Aurélien Rougerie||23||Jacob Stockdale|