Preview: Bordeaux-Bègles v Clermont

Date published: January 7 2016

Clermont have recalled David Strettle to their side as they look to move top of Pool 2 in the Champions Cup with victory at Bordeaux-Bègles.

The Englishman takes the spot of Alivereti Raka while Wesley Fofana, Camille Lopez and Morgan Parra are the other new faces in the backline.

Up front there is an unchanged front-row but Sébastien Vahaamahina starts ahead of Loic Jacquet in the engine room, with Vito Kolelishvili, Alexandre Lapandry and Damien Chouly forming the back-row in this rearranged fixture.

Bordeaux-Bègles currently sit bottom of the pool on six points, four behind Clermont so have not yet thrown in the towel as they name a side that includes Sekope Kepu, Luke Braid, Lionel Beauxis and Metuisela Talebulamaijaina.

The teams:

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Metuisela Talebulamaijaina, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Romain Lonca, 11 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Louis Madaule, 5 Adam Jaulhac, 4 Berend Botha, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Ronan Chambord, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Marco Tauleigne, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Pierre Bernard, 23 Nans Ducuing.

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Vito Kolelishvili, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Vincent Debaty, 19 Loic Jacquet, 20 Fritz Lee, 21 Ludovic Radoslavjevic, 22 Pato Fernandez, 23 Aurélien Rougerie.

Date: Friday, January 8
Venue: Stade Chaban Delmas
Kick-off: 20:45 local (19:45 GMT)
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)
TMO: Seamus Flannery (Ireland)