As paradoxical as it might appear, it’s important to return lower than three years to search out the hint of a Blues match with out Clermontois on the sector and even on the bench. That is the primary take a look at of the tour of South Africa in June 2017. The context was nevertheless very specific because the Blues had performed solely six days after the ultimate of the High 14. Ultimate gained by ASM towards Toulon, bear in mind the. The three chosen Clermont then, who had not taken half within the Brennus festivities to go instantly to South Africa, had been spared by the coach of the time, Man Novès. They had been Damian Penaud, Scott Spedding and Paul Jedrasiak.
Two examples from the previous ten years however …
Since 2009, the one different instance with a match sheet with out Clermontois presents comparable circumstances since in the summertime of 2016, no Auvergnat had participated within the defeat in Argentina (30-19). And for good cause: Man Novès needed to do with out the semi-finalists of the High 14 (which included the Clermontois).
It’s due to this fact a small occasion that we are going to expertise this Sunday.