Abendanon thrilled to be on big stage

Date published: May 1 2015

Clermont full-back Nick Abendanon has described playing in Saturday's Champions Cup Final as a "dream come true."

The former England international swapped the Premiership for the Top 14 this season and has been one of standout performers on the continent in recent months.

Describing his experience of moving from Bath to Clermont, Abendanon stated that the change of scene had been hugely beneficial for his career.

"I think I've definitely improved as a player, coming into a new environment," Abendanon told reporters.

"I was very comfortable at Bath having been there 10 years. but you learn things being coached by new coaches and playing with some of the best players I've had the privilege of playing with.

"The reason I left Bath in the first place was to come to a team like Clermont that would compete for titles and in the Champions Cup.

"To have reached a final in my first year at the club is a dream come true."

Abendanon's resurgence has naturally prompted calls for him to be recalled by England ahead of the Rugby World Cup, despite the national side's policy of not picking players who are based overseas.

"To be honest with you, I know there's been a lot of talk about the World Cup, but at the end of the day it's got nothing to do with how well me and Steffon [Armitage] are going to play tomorrow," added Abendanon. 

"We've both done our part for our teams to get ourselves into this position in the first place and Stuart's going to be the only one who can make that decision.

"I'm sure we'll just go out and do exactly as we have done throughout the tournament and it's out of our hands so there's nothing we can really change."