No psychological barriers for James

Date published: April 29 2015

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Clermont fly-half Brock James won't let past disappointments or mental wounds stop him and his side in this weekend's Euro final.

The Australian tasted defeat at this same stage two years ago in Dublin, when Toulon pipped their French counterparts to the Heineken Cup title.

Last season Clermont were well beaten by Saracens at Twickenham but on returning to the same ground a year later for another European final, James is only looking forward, not backwards.

"We have learned a lot from the finals we have played in and what's important is that we have developed as a new team this year – we've had new coaches and new players," James told the EPCR website.

"Finals we haven't won in the past are exactly that – in the past. This final is a new opportunity for us.

"There are no psychological barriers for us to overcome at Twickenham. Last year Saracens played very well against us in the semi-final and we weren't up to it that day. We've started a new adventure this season with a new coaching staff and new players."

A limited number of fans are travelling over from France to London this weekend, but James says the lack of the raucous atmosphere normally created by the fans of les Jaunards won't be a problem on Saturday.

"When I first arrived in Clermont in 2006 the stadium was full for my first game and it has been like that ever since. The supporters had to wait 98 years for their first French Championship crown and we want to make sure they don't have to wait that long for their first Champions Cup title.

"We don't need to replicate what happened with all our fans in St Etienne in the semi-final. We know that wherever we go, even if it isn't 40,000 roaring us on, they will be fully behind us.

"This is where we wanted to be from the start of the season, it is something we have been building up to right from the start of our campaign. Now the most important thing is what happens on the field for 80 minutes.

"Two French teams playing in London maybe a promoters nightmare, but we both knew the final was going to be at Twickenham right from the start and that's what we've been shooting for."

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