# Clermont

Last year
# Under fire
'Furious' Lille punish striker for clubbing ahead of PSG drubbing
Mohamed Bayo was signed from Clermont for more than €12 million in July.
# Class Act
Lionel Messi turns on the style as PSG begin Ligue 1 title defence
Christophe Galtier’s first league game at the helm was achieved without Kylian Mbappe.
All time
# Trip to France
Vermeulen debuts at 8 for Ulster as Hanrahan starts for Covid-hit Clermont
Ulster have made five changes, while Clermont are missing four players due to Covid.
# Champions Cup
How are the Irish provinces' opponents shaping up for Europe?
Bath, Clermont, Stade Français, and Wasps provide the opposition this weekend.
# Top 14
JJ Hanrahan scores try in impressive debut as Clermont suffer defeat to Lyon
The former Munster man crossed over for his side’s opening score in the seventh minute.
Clermont await Munster or Toulouse in Champions Cup quarter-finals
The Top 14 side will have home advantage next weekend.
# Au Revoir
Top 14 side Clermont confirm the signing of JJ Hanrahan from Munster
The 28-year-old will move to France at the end of the season.
# Transfer Talk
Munster's JJ Hanrahan close to big move to French club Clermont - reports
The 28-year-old has previously played abroad when he lined out for Northampton.
# Irish Abroad
Simon Zebo scores late winning try in the snow for Racing against Clermont
The Cork man gathered Finn Russell’s cross-field kick to seal the victory.
# Comeback kings
Munster produce their greatest comeback in years to beat Clermont
Munster come from 28-9 down to win 39-31 against Clermont in the Champions Cup.
# Standings
Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool
Three of the Irish provinces are already playing catch up in the new Champions Cup format.
# Onwards
Zebo and Ryan help Racing into European semi-final against Saracens
The Parisians beat Clermont 36-27 in a big quarter-final win on the road.
# Dig out
Schmidt to return to Clermont - but just for a fortnight
Former Ireland coach to help out on a consultancy basis, according to reports in the French press.
# French connection
Ulster's wait for European quarter-final spot goes on as they fall short in Clermont's sizzling second half
The hosts turned on the style as tries from Alivereti Raka and George Moala led the comeback.
Clermont v Ulster, European Rugby Champions Cup
Dan McFarland’s northern province lost a tough test in France.
# litmus test
Ulster ready to forget form as they move in for pool-deciding clash with Clermont
Dan McFarland’s men could book early passage to the quarter-finals if they can raid one of the great fortresses.
# Battle At The Top
Clermont overtake Ulster to top Champions Cup pool after bonus-point victory
The Irish province can still regain pole position when they host Harlequins on Saturday.
# suftum
Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont
Tries from Jordi Murphy and John Cooney delivered the result for Ulster.
Ulster v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup
John Cooney was outstanding as Ulster secured a vital home win.
# suftum
No room for error this time as Clermont call to fortress Ravenhill
Dan McFarland’s men can take a clear lead in Pool 3.
# Champions
France winger Huget's two tries helps Toulouse beat Clermont to claim Top 14 title
Toulouse claimed their 20th French title in their first Top 14 final appearance since 2012.
# Great Scot
Flawless Laidlaw steers Clermont into next weekend's Top 14 final
Franck Azema’s side will face Toulouse in the decider after proving too strong today for Lyon.
# trophy-laden career
Veteran French and Clermont hooker announces retirement after finally ending European misery
After losing five Champions Cup finals, Benjamin Kayser signs off with a Challenge Cup win.
# Concussion
Clermont 'responsible' for Jamie Cudmore's concussion-related issues - neurologist
The retired Canadian international returned to play in the 2015 Heineken Champions Cup final despite suffering a head injury.
# Clermont Crew
'We had a beer yesterday' - Pumas coach Ledesma picks Schmidt's brain
The Argentina boss played for Clermont during Schmidt’s time as attack coach at the Top 14 club.
# running riot
Clermont destroy sorry Saracens in first-ever European home defeat for champions
Alivereti Raka scored a hat-trick of tries in the refixed Champions Cup clash.
# Women's Rugby
Naoupu and Baxter among exciting Ireland 7s squad chasing World Cup qualification
Anthony Eddy’s squad are in France for the next two weekends, competing on two fronts.
# Player Welfare
Former Canada lock summons Clermont to court over concussions
The French giants say it is not ‘a complaint against the club’ and that Jamie Cudmore is merely seeking medical expertise.
# irresistible force
Mark McCall braced for another ferocious early onslaught from Clermont
Franck Azema meanwhile, says his side should be proud of their consistency rather than focus on the big days they’ve lost.
# final XV
Maitland misses out as Saracens go to deny Clermont Champions Cup glory
Clermont have shrugged off the knocks picked up in the breathless win over Leinster.
# what's the damage
Leinster put six-week timeframe on Kearney as Henshaw hampered by rib issue
Sean O’Brien is back running after his hamstring injury.
# Talking Points
Dire opening, Leavy's big moment and Ringrose's wonder try
Leinster had a revival in the second half but came up short in the end.
# 10 point swing
'Is he going to make the tackle anyway?' Sexton and Leinster left to ponder massive TMO call in Lyon
Fergus McFadden cut through a gap that looked set to give Leinster a lead in Lyon.
# too little too late
Disastrous start leaves Leinster with too much to do in defeat to Clermont
Camille Lopez guided the Top 14 club home in a thrilling Champions Cup semi-final in Lyon.
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster, Champions Cup semi-final
We’re going minute-by-minute as Leo Cullen’s league leaders take on European rugby’s nearly men.
# Blow
O'Brien ruled out with hamstring injury as Nacewa wins 50th European cap
Rhys Ruddock gets the nod ahead of Josh van der Flier in the back row.
# venues
Munster's Champions Cup SF will be in the Aviva or Murrayfield if they get through
Meanwhile, Leinster face a trip to either Lyon or Nice if they can get past Wasps this weekend.
# it's a wrap
Glasgow humiliate Leicester, Toulon scrape through and MacGinty stars for Sale
Clermont also impressed when securing a victory against Exeter today.
# Ouch
Massive blow for France as star centre is ruled out of Six Nations with ruptured Achilles
Wesley Fofana sustained the injury in Clermont’s victory against Exeter.
# Champions Cup
Three second-half tries not enough for Ulster as powerful Clermont ease home
Tommy Bowe scored twice as Ulster gave a spirited second-half display after trailing by 21-0 at the interval.