This marks the second semifinal for Clermont, which lost 19 15 to eventual winner Leinster in Bordeaux at this stage last year. It was a bitter loss in that Wesley Fofana appeared to have scored the winning try with seconds remaining only to have a video review rule that he had lost possession of the ball at the last moment.
300,000 pounds (C$469,740) at an English club could expect to make 500,000 ($782,900) in France.
Coached by New Zealand Vern Cotter, the Clermont squad includes Australian Brock James, Georgia Viktor Kolelishivi, New Zealand Mike Delany, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Benson Stanley, South Africa Gerhard Vosloo, Wales Lee Byrne, and a host of French stars such as Fofana, Julien Bonnaire, Morgan Parra and captain Aurelien Rougerie.
Once the perennial bridesmaids of French club rugby, Clermont (18 6 1) currently tops the Top 14 domestic standings and is riding a French record tying 59 game winning streak at home.
The French team boasts the tournament leading scorer in Morgan Parra (97 points) and try scorer in Napolioni Nalaga (six tries). Fofana was tied for second with five tries.
Clermont won all six of its pool games in this year competition, recording 23 tries in outscoring Leinster, the Exeter Chiefs and the Scarlets by a combined 213 64. Clermont then ousted fellow French side Montpellier 36 14 in the quarter finals.
big forwards, we just try to give them as much ball as we can and just let them work their magic, said Cudmore.
almost a home game, said Cudmore, who feels the love from the club devoted fans.
Saturday winner will meet either England Saracens or France Toulon, who face off Sunday at Twickenham, in the May 18 final before a sellout crowd of 51,009 at Dublin Aviva Stadium.
His teammates see a different side to Cudmore, however.
He is a rugby hard man, who is no stranger to the sport disciplinarians. But he is also a key contributor to a team that is turning heads this season.
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Clermont geared up for Munster by defeating defending French champion Toulouse 39 17 last weekend.
got an incredible following in this central part of France, added the Canadian.
Canadian international Jamie Cudmore already has French champion on his rugby resume. This weekend he takes a step closer to adding a European crown to his list of accomplishments.
Cudmore may not be a household name for Canadian sports fans but he has played professionally overseas for more than a decade and is one of Canada best known rugby exports.
The six foot five, 258 pound Cudmore is a hulking hitting machine who plays in the engine room of his French team scrum.
Munster, by contrast, went 4 2 0 in finishing runner up to England Saracens in its group. The Irish side went on to defeat England Harlequins 18 12 in the quarter finals.
Munster has a glittering rugby pedigree. Saturday marks its record tying 10th Heineken Cup semifinal and the Irish side has reached the final four times, winning in 2006 and 2008.
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Sivivatu and Fofana are elusive backs who can make opponents miss.
Canadian Cudmore eyes European rugby crown as Clermont goes after Heineken Cup
As with many of the top free spending French sides, Clermont boasts a Who Who of world rugby.
we have a big task ahead of us Saturday, we have to keep our feet on the ground and stay humble and just make sure we do our work properly. off the field, the chiselled Cudmore is pure aggression on it.
punching during a Top 14 match against Stade Francais.
an adorable bloke. We won try and wind him up because we know he tough, Clermont Julien Pierre said at the 2011 World Cup.
Saturday semifinal is at a neutral site although Clermont fans don have far to go to see their team. Montpellier is 250 kilometres from Clermont Stade Marcel Michelin.
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In 2008, he was banned five weeks for punching Munster lock Paul O and four weeks for striking Wasps prop Tom Payne.
aggressive, wrote the Independent in 2010.
During the 2010 11 season, he was suspended 70 days for stomping on Saracens flanker Jacques Burger and 40 days for punching Perpignan Gregory Le Corvec.
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