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Clermont confirm 7 signings including a Wallaby and a Puma

By Ian Cameron
Irae Simone of the Wallabies talks with Ned Hanigan of the Wallabies during the 2020 Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

ASM Clermont have confirmed the capture of seven players ahead of the 2022/23 Top 14 season, including a Wallaby, a French international and a Puma.

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The names of the new personnel were confirmed as the club revealed their ambitions for the future, which included winning the Heineken Champions Cup by 2025.

A ‘lack of depth of his workforce’ was identified as a major reason for the lack of success for head coach Jonno Gibbes. According to the club, it lead to a lack of competition in training and their top players being over-used during the season, which they have labelled as one of transition.

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The new names affirmed for next season include Toulon’s Anthony Belleau, former France 10 Jules Plisson and Wallaby centre Irae Simone.

Loïc Godener, Julien Heriteau, Alex Newsome and Bautista Delguy have also signed on.

Earlier in the season, 13 current players extended their contracts, a list which includes Giorgi Beria, Yohan Beheregaray, Thibaud Lanen, Killian Tixeront, Marvin O’Connor, Apisai Naqalevu, Daniel Bibi Biziwu, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Lucas Dessaigne, Gabin Michet, Théo Giral, Thomas Rozière and Cheikh Tiberghien.

In the coaching department, they have signed Jared Payne as defence coach and Julien Ledevedec and a re-deployed Benson Stanley as a skills coach.

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Against that, the club have lost the services of Morgan Parra, who has signed for Stade Francais.

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