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Johnny Sexton will start Racing's Top 14 showdown against Clermont tomorrow

Come back in one piece Johnny, you hear us?

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IRISH FANS WILL be keeping a close eye on Paris tomorrow evening when Top 14 heavyweights Racing Métro and Clermont Auvergne go head-to-head.

Unsurprisingly, Racing have named Johnny Sexton at out-half for the crunch clash with second-placed Clermont.

Sexton kicked 15 points and was man of the match in Ireland’s Six Nations win against France last weekend — his first action following a three-month concussion layoff.

With a potential Championship decider against England coming up next weekend, Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby fans will be crossing their fingers and every other conceivable appendage from 7.45pm tomorrow night.

Come back in one piece Johnny, you hear us?

Racing Métro

15. Brice Dulin
14. Juan Imhoff
13. Casey Laulala
12. Henry Chavancy
11. Marc Andreu
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Maxime Machenaud

1. Julien Brugnaut
2. Dimitri Szarzewski (c)
3. Luc Ducalcon
4. Luke Charteris
5. Francois van der Merwe
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Camille Gerondeau
8. Antonie Claassen

Replacements:

16. Virgile Lacombe
17. Eddy Ben Arous
18. Juandré Kruger
19. Thibault Dubarry
20. Mike Phillips
21. Johannes Goosen
22. Yoan Audrin
23. Brian Mujati

Clermont Auvergne

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Zac Guildford
13. Jonathan Davies
12. Benson Stanley
11. Napolioni Nalaga
10. Brock James
9. Morgan Parra

1. Vincent Debaty
2. Benjamin Kayser
3. Davit Zirakashvili
4. Julien Pierre
5. Sébastien Vahaamahina
6. Julien Bonnaire (c)
7. Julien Bardy
8. Fritz Lee

Replacements:

16. Tii Paulo
17. Etienne Flagoux
18. Paul Jedrasiak
19. Alexandre Lapandry
20. Ludovic Rado
21. Mike Delany
22. Noa Nakaitaci
23. Clement Ric

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