Rougerie misses clash with Tigers
December 16, 2011
Aurelien Rougerie is suffering with a chest infection © Getty Images
Clermont Auvergne centre Aurelien Rougerie will miss their clash with Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
The Clermont skipper is suffering from a chest infection and is replaced in the starting XV by Regan King who plays alongside Wesley Fofana. Clermont coach Vern Cotter explained the decision saying: "We won't risk Aurelien's health, it would be unreasonable to take him with us."
Morgan Parra, who was involved with an ugly spat with Tigers' hooker George Chuter during their clash last Sunday, keeps his place at scrum-half. Another man who is not shy of treading the disciplinary tightrope, Jamie Cudmore, also starts for Clermont.
And Manu Tuilagi and Chuter - who both picked up yellow-cards in last weekend's match against Clermont - keep their place in the starting line-up for the clash at Welford Road. Dan Cole, who is on the verge of signing a new contract with the Tigers, has to be content with a place on the replacement's bench with Martin Castrogiovanni preferred at tight-head. Former England international Julian White is also named amongst the replacements.
Elsewhere in Pool 4, Ireland international Tom Court is back in the Ulster line-up and packs down alongside John Afoa and Rory Best for their clash with Aironi.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9