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  • European Rugby Champions Cup
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  • 27th Apr 2013
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Heineken Cup semi-final match preview: Clermont v Munster

Last updated: 27th April 2013  

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The returning Keith Earls will feature as Munster look for a Heineken Cup final place

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Brock James comes back into the Clermont starting line up

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Clermont have made three changes to their squad for Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final against Munster at the Stade de la Mosson.

The French club are the only semi-finalists to boast a 100 per-cent record this season as they look for a third European title.

In contrast to the Top 14 league leaders, the Heineken Cup is a final hope of silverware this season for Munster who just missed out on the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs.

Clermont coach Vern Cotter welcomes Brock James into the side at fly-half in place of the ineligible Mike Delany.

All Black Reegan King comes in at outside centre with Aurelien Rougerie left out of the match-day squad.

Final change

Cotter's final change to the side which ran four tries past Toulouse last week sees Julien Bardy come off the bench to replace Gerhard Vosloo at flanker.

Meanwhile Rob Penney has named just one change to the Munster starting XV which beat Harlequins to book a place in the final four.

The fit again Keith Earls returns to the right wing with Denis Hurley demoted to the bench for the trip to the south of France.

Earls will play his first competitive match since January after spending the three months out with injury.

Munster are without the injured Stephen Archer and Donncha O'Callaghan meaning John Ryan and Billy Holland get the nod on the bench.

Clermont:15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Regan King, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Clement Ric, 19 Julien Pierre, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 22 Jean Marcel Buttin, 23 Noa Nakaitaci or David Skrela.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Conor Murray, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (capt), 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Mike Sherry, 1 David Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 John Ryan, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Paddy Butler, 21 Cathal Sheridan, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Denis Hurley.

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