Home European Challenge Cup EPCR Final Preview – Clermont v Rochelle

EPCR Final Preview – Clermont v Rochelle

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Clermont will be going out to clinch their third European Rugby Challenge Cup when they face La Rochelle at St James’Parkin Newcastle.

Clermont got to the final by beating Harlequins while La Rochelle beat Sale Sharks in their semi final.

Clermont captain and scrum-half Morgan Parra will be partner with Camille Lopez, while wings Alivereti Raka and Damian Penaud will also start.

For La Rochelle Ihaia West will start at ten, having racked up 53 points so far this season. His half-back partner will be Tawera Kerr-Barlow, while Marc Andreu and Arthur Retiere make up the wing duo and Vincent Rattez starts at full-back.

La Rochelle will be led by Romain Sazy.

Clermont has won the Challenge Cup in 1999 and 2007.

This will be La Rochelle first Challenge Cup trophy if they manage to beat Clermont.

There has not been a all-French final since 2012 with Clermont going to try and stay unbeaten for the season.

La Rochelle will be without skipper Victor Vito who has a dead leg.

France international Gregory Alldritt takes his place at number eight.

The teams:

Clermont: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 George Moala, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra (c), 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Arthur Iturria, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Beka Kakabadze, 18 Davit Zirakashvili, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Peceli Yato, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Apisai Naqalevu

La Rochelle: 15 Vincent Rattez, 14 Arthur Retiere, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Tawera Kerr Barlow, 8 Grégory Alldritt, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Romain Sazy (c), 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Jean-Charles Orioli, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Arthur Joly, 19 Thomas Jolmes, 20 Zeno Kieft, 21 Alexi Bales, 22 Jérémy Sinzelle, 23 Levani Botia

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