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Heineken Champions Cup: Clermont Auvergne v Sale Sharks

Japan star Kotaro Matsushima will begin at full-back for Clermont
Venue: Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand Date: Sunday, 16 January Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Protection: Dwell rating updates on the BBC Sport web site.

Sale’s Simon Hammersley and Tom Roebuck will begin on the wing because the Premiership facet look to proceed their Champions Cup success at Clermont.

The Sharks sit third in Pool A after one win and two factors following the cancellation of their dwelling sport towards Clermont.

The introduction of Hammersley and Roebuck is the one change Alex Sanderson has made to his beginning XV.

There are 4 adjustments for Clermont, who’re ninth within the pool.

Solely the highest eight groups will advance to the final 16 and Clermont might be strengthened at dwelling with the return of Japan star Kotaro Matsushima at full-back.

France’s Damian Penaud strikes to centre from the wing, with Marvin O’Connor taking his place within the again three.

Within the pack, Thibaud Lanen comes into the second row and Jacobus van Tonder begins at flanker.

Line-ups

Clermont: Matsushima; O’Connor, Penaud, Moala, Raka; Lopez, Bezy; Biziwu, Fourcade, Ojovan, Lanen, Lavanini, Van Tonder, Cancoriet (capt), Lee.

Replacements: Beheregaray, Falgoux, Slimani, Jedrasiak, Dessaigne, Parra, Barraque, Vili.

Sale: L James; Roebuck, R Du Preez, Janse van Rensburg, Hammersley; MacGinty, Cliff; Rodd, Ashman, Schonert, JL Du Preez, De Jager, Ross (capt), T Curry, D Du Preez.

Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Oosthuizen, JP Du Preez, B Curry, Warr, S. James, Reed.

Match officers

Referee: Frank Murphy (Eire)

Assistant referees: Peter Martin and Dan Carson (Eire)

TMO: Olly Hodges (Eire)

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