Clermont at full strength for return clash with Munster

Clermont Auvergne have a full squad to pick from for Sunday’s Champions Cup showdown with Munster after coming through the bruising Thomond Park encounter unscathed.

Clermont at full strength for return clash with Munster

Clermont returned to training on the back pitch at Stade Marcel Michelin yesterday as they prepare to try do the double over Munster on Sunday.

Forwards coach Jono Gibbes reported a clean bill of health as they try to take another step towards reaching the quarter-finals.

“We are looking okay. I think we made a few tackles more than them, they are probably a bit fresher than we are as they did not have to make as many tackles.

“The eight days is probably a bit more useful for us recovery wise but thankfully we look to be okay and should have everyone available.”

Clermont flew out of Shannon directly after the match and the coaches were back at work at Stade Marcel Michelin on Sunday, plotting how they can repeat the win over Anthony Foley’s side.

Sunday’s clash is a sell-out with all 18,030 tickets snapped up within a week of going on sale.

Around 1,000 Munster supporters are expected to travel as the Reds bid to stay in the competition and inflict a first home European defeat in six years on Clermont.

“It will be another special match and everyone is looking forward to it. There is still a lot to play for,” added Gibbes.

Meanwhile, Munster Rugby last night announced a new three year partnership with Marks & Spencer, the multinational retailer with 17 stores in Ireland, four of which are in Munster.

The partnership will see the retail giant become sponsors of Munster’s Community Rugby programme which provides resources across the six counties in the province so that the sport remains accessible and engaging to all.

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