Clermont

  • SRU Calls For Cotter

    The SRU has appointed current Clermont Auvergne head coach Vern Cotter as the next permanent head coach of the Scotland senior international side. The 51-year-old is not due to begin work in his new job until his contract with the French club ends in June 2014 but some reports are suggesting he may leave early after seeing his side lose the Heineken Cup final and Top 14 semi-final in quick succession and speaking out about certain players and staff. Cotter will take over from Scott Johnson at Sc...

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  • Cudmore Takes Concussion To Court

    Former Canadian international, Jamie Cudmore has called former club Clermont to face summary court proceedings over being forced to play despite displaying what could have been symptoms of concussion. Cudmore, who played for the current Top 14 champions from 2005-16, has asked for medical expertise to decide if he was the victim of two concussions and if he was fit to go back on to the pitch. “Mr Cudmore wanted to wait until the Top 14 final had taken place before acting,” said his lawyers i...

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  • Five Of Six Women's Sevens Series Venues Announced

    ... alongside the men's equivalent in Dubai in early December, before joining the Sydney Sevens in February. It then moves to a new location in Kitakyushu, Japan, in April before heading to Victoria, Canada, in May and then the series finale will take place in Clermont-Ferrand, France, at the end of June. HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17 dates and venues: Dubai: 1-2 December, 2016 Sydney: 3-4 February, 2017 Kitakyushu: 22-23 April Victoria/Langford: 27-28 May Clermont-Ferrand: 24-25 J...

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  • Bath Chairman Craig To Be Champions Cup Director

    ... footballer, rugby player and Gaelic footballer, McNaughton has served roles with Leinster and the Ireland national side and has working experience in banking and finance from time spent in Chicago after his playing career. Fontes is the former president of Clermont Auvergne and is now the mayor of Eygalieres. Having worked as director of Michelin’s European operation, he was then president of Clermont from 2004 until last season, with the club winning the French club championship for the firs...

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  • Champions Cup Final Moved To Mid-May In 2016

    The final of the Rugby Champions Cup will be moved to the middle of May in 2016 after fears of a half empty Twickenham Stadium when Toulon and Clermont Auvergne contest this seasons final at the weekend. Moving the final to the beginning of May was one of the big changes in the format of the competition for this season, with the French clubs reportedly the most behind the change as it allows them extra time to concentrate on the end of their domestic season. But with a crowd of only 50,000 expec...

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  • Airton Risk Picks The Likely Champions Of Europe

    ... risk related to the outcome of sporting events for teams and brands, has released probability statistics for the European Champions Cup after the first (incomplete) round of fixtures. Toulon at 26.67% probability are shown as favourites, followed by Clermont (25%), Saracens (12.5%), Racing Metro (9%), Toulouse, Northampton and Munster (all 6.67%). Airton produce probability lists at each stage of the tournament to allow club clients to hedge against the risk of paying out win bonuses. David Lyo...

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  • The Value of a Heineken Cup Quarter Final

    ... the reasons why clubs are so ambitious to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.” Heineken Cup quarter finals: (1) Munster Rugby v Ulster Rugby (8) (2) Leinster Rugby v Cardiff Blues (7) (3) Edinburgh Rugby v Toulouse (6) (4) Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne (5) There were new Heineken Cup Pool attendance highs in Italy (Round 1 Aironi Rugby v Leicester Tigers – 8,151), England (Rd 3 Saracens v Ospreys - 41,063), Ireland (Rd 4 Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby 46,365) and Scotland (Rd 6 E...

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  • Under Armour To Kit Out Wasps

    ... official technical-wear partner ahead of the team’s new kit launch in the summer. Wasps are the first Premiership club to secure a deal with Under Armour but the company does have existing partnerships with the Welsh Rugby Union and French Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne. Under Armour will develop training wear and match day performance apparel for both the first team and academy squads. The partnership also includes commercial marketing rights and in-stadium signage. Under Armour become the...

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  • Top 14 Budgets Up By 8% For New Season

    ... largest overall operating budget in the division with €35m and they have strengthened their squad over the summer by signing the likes of fly-half Toby Flood, prop Neemia Tialata, hooker Corey Flynn, No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy and winger Alexis Palisson. Clermont Auvergne, second on the list with a budget of €27.9m, have also had a busy off-season with Nick Abendanon, Zac Guildford, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Camille Lopez and Jonathan Davies arriving. Fellow big spenders Toulon are third on the...

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  • Big Game 4 Makes the Record Books

    ... calendar and entered the record books when a capacity crowd of 82,000 settled down to watch the top of the table Aviva Premiership match - an unprecedented gathering for a regular season league match. The mark was previously held by the Stade Francais v Clermont Top 14 fixture at Stade de France. The attendance was also the largest in Premiership history for any match (regular season or Final)....

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