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Some of the world's best rugby fans have been partying in Clermont

Munster supporters got involved as the Yellow Army led a march to Stade Marcel-Michelin.

IT’S NOT ONLY a battle of European heavyweights on the pitch today as Clermont host Munster in the Champions Cup [KO 15.15 Irish time], but also in the stands.

Munster’s travelling support have built a superb reputation around the continent over the last decade, while ASM’s fanbase is well known as welcoming, loyal and passionate.

There was a truly unique spectacle this afternoon in Clermont-Ferrand, as the ‘Yellow Army’ invited the ‘Red Army’ to join them on a three-kilometre march from Place de Jaude in the city centre out to Stade Marcel-Michelin.

The party started last night, in truth, but there were 4,000 ASM supporters involved in today’s march, and well over 1,000 Munster fans too. Here’s how it went down.

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Fans started to gather in Place de Jaude from 13.30 local time, with the signing sparking up straight away

Clemont’s fans love a party

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A dark, overcast afternoon in Clermont but the rugby diehards added colour

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The Michelin man turned up to support his local team

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As did Asterix and Obelix!

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This group of Munster fans burst into ‘Stand Up and Fight’

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While this little pocket belted out ‘The Fields of Athenry’

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The marching got underway

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Led by the Yellow Army’s very own brass band

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The drum truck came in handy too

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These clever Munster fans hitched a ride

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While the Waterford lads strolled out to Marcel-Michelin

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This old bus?

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That would be for the brass band!

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Faces in the crowd

Munster and Clermont fans arrive for the game The London Branch of the MRSC. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Barry John Ryan, Tim O'Sullivan and Anthony Ryan from Mallow, Cork Barry John Ryan, Tim O'Sullivan and Anthony Ryan from Mallow, Cork. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Munster fan Patrick Doyle Munster fan Patrick Doyle. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

All roads lead to Stade Marcel-Michelin

Kick-off is at 15.15 Irish time.

Here’s what the French papers are saying about Munster’s visit to Clermont

Analysis: What Munster must do to take a win away from Clermont

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Murray Kinsella

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