Clermont are widely regarded as the perennial under-achievers of European rugby, however their backline next year could be about to change that;

15.Nick Abendanon

The current European player of the year and one of the most devastating full backs in European rugby right now.

14.Hosea Gear

The former All Black is a huge addition to the Clermont backline and may just add the finishing touch.

13.Jonathan Davies

Davies hasn’t quite settled in yet at Clermont, however he will be well rested and raring to go after missing the World Cup with injury.

12.Wesley Fofana

One of the most exciting players in European rugby, Fofana is the key to unlocking the devastating back three outside him.


11.David Strettle

One of the best finishers in Europe in recent years, Strettle should contribute more than a few tries next season.

10.Camille Lopez

Has shown flashes of his quality, now just needs to nail consistency and he can prove a huge asset for Clermont.

9.Morgan Parra

Parra still remains one of the finest scrum halves in Europe, and his leadership will be key to Clermont’s hopes next year.



21.Ludovic Radasavljevic

Although not as recognisable as many of the names on this list, Radasavljevic adds some serious spark at nine.

22.Brock James

Maybe not everyone’s favourite player, but James has been a key player for Clermont in recent years.

23.Scott Spedding

The current France full back will be pushing Abendanon hard for a place in the starting XV ensuring standards don’t slip.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they can also keep this lot in reserve; Aurelien Rougerie, Noa Nakaitaci, Benson Stanley!