Before the start of the preparation matches, this relocated training was the first summer walkabout for Jono Gibbes’ men. The scorching temperatures did not dampen the Auvergne supporters, many of whom enjoyed a hot and rhythmic session in the heart of the superb urban park of the Clermont metropolis.
The stands of the Philippe Marcombes stadium were already well stocked before the arrival of Jono Gibbes’ men on Tuesday afternoon. Several hundred supporters settled in the shade of the stands of the Clermont urban complex to discover the new face of ASM Clermont Auvergne in a few weeks of the resumption of the championship. Among the new recruits, the openers Anthony Belleau and Jules Plisson, or the third line center Loïc Godener were there as well as the versatile Australian rear Alex Newsome or the center from the RCT, Julien Hériteau.
After a big hour of collective work interspersed with physical preparation exercises, the Yellow and Blue went to meet the supporters for a signing session and selfies always appreciated by the Yellow Army.
10 days before their first preparation match against Rugby Club Toulonnais, the Auvergnats are entering a second phase of preparation where systems and plans are gradually being put in place to be mastered from the start of the next season.