Clermont veteran Aurélien Rougerie has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the club next season.
The 36-year-old has spent his entire professional career with les Jaunards, and the 2017/2018 season will be his 19th with the club in a remarkable career.
Rougerie’s role with Clermont has been limited this season due to the in-form partnership of Wesley Fofana and Rémi Lamerat. But Fofana’s season-ending injury means that the former France international is set for more game time in the months to come.
Rougerie was last capped by France back in 2012, his 76th appearance for his country. He scored 23 tries for les Bleus.
“Aurélien symbolises the era of professionalism in modern rugby,” said Clermont president Eric Cromières.
“He has accompanied and assisted the club in its success and continues to build, with us, its future. His team spirit is one of the great examples of French sport and he continues to serve the club by helping the young players who will eventually replace him.
“It is for this reason and because he remains an incredible rugby player, able to put everyone in the right direction with his passion for Clermont, that we are very happy and proud to keep him for one more season in our squad.”
Clermont boss Franck Azèma added: “When you see his performances and what he is able to pass on to his teammates when he is on the field, from the moment he expresses the desire, extending his contract is obvious.
“You tend to forget what a giant rugby figure he is when his humility and his simplicity are part of his personality. All of his words or actions are for the service of the club, whose values and colours he has always defended.
“This contract extension is not a gift. He deserves it. You just have to see the energy he bring onto the field to be convinced…”
— ASM Rugby (@ASMOfficiel) 31 January 2017