Lopez puts bitter blows behind him

Date published: August 5 2015

Clermont fly-half Camille Lopez has put a tricky few months behind him after disappointments with his club and country.

Lopez was left out of France's Rugby World Cup squad with Frédéric Michalak, François Trinh-Duc and Rémi Talès all picked ahead of him by head coach Philippe Saint-André.

The 26-year-old featured in the Six Nations for France – starting against Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy – but a dispute over his fitness between France and Clermont saw him miss out against England in the final game.

Lopez went on to start in the Champions Cup Final at Twickenham but Clermont lost the trophy to Toulon for the second time in three years on the European stage. They then lost in the Top 14 final, going down to Stade Français.

The young number ten has therefore had plenty to think about over the last few months, but now in the thick of pre-season action for Clermont he is beginning to move on.

"[The World Cup omission] came early on, so I was able to process it," Lopez explained to La Montagne.

"And before that there was also the two finals… I've had a lot to sort out. That's life.

"Certainly, I thought I had done enough to be selected for the Rugby World Cup. Now that the choice has been made, I'm refocusing on the club."

Lopez is in contention to start the first game of the Top 14 season for Clermont on August 22 away to La Rochelle.