Bonnaire injury a blow for Clermont

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 09:52
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Clermont's European Cup hopes have been hit by the news that captain Julien Bonnaire has fractured his arm, the French Top 14 leaders said.

Clermont's European Cup hopes have been hit by the news that captain Julien Bonnaire has fractured his arm, the French Top 14 leaders said.

The 35-year-old back row forward is due to be absent for around six weeks after suffering the break in Sunday's 19-12 defeat at four-time European champions Toulouse.

It means he will miss Clermont's last two European pool matches, starting with Saturday's crucial and decisive clash with Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop.

Clermont, runners-up in the competition last season, are four points ahead of Quins at the top of Pool 4 having won three and lost one of their games so far.

But a defeat could see them lose top spot in the group ahead of their final match on January 19 at home to Top 14 rivals Racing-Metro.

The Vulcans will also be without third choice scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe, who revealed on his Twitter account that he has a knee injury which should keep him out for three weeks.

On former France international Bonnaire's injury, Clermont said: "This injury does not need an operation but will force the Clermont flanker to have his arm immobilised for several weeks and will keep off the pitch for a period estimated at six weeks."

The loss of Lacrampe is perhaps a greater problem for Clermont who already have first choice No.9 Morgan Parra out injured and not expected back until the end of the month, leaving Ludovic Radosavljevic as their only fit senior scrum-half.

AFP

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3