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Ulster facing fearsome Clermont Euro challenge, warns coach Les Kiss

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster Rugby chief Les Kiss has admitted that watching this weekend's European Champions Cup opponents Clermont in action would "put the fear of God in you."

The French giants visit Kingspan Stadium on Saturday afternoon (1.00pm kick-off) for what the Australian identified as the key game in Ulster's European season.

"You look at them and you can't help but be impressed by what they can offer," said Kiss "You admire them but it puts the fear of God in you really. I'm not telling anyone anything new here. "We've had a reality check when we looked at the video this week. They are a team that can attack you from anywhere."

Ulster will have Ireland captain Rory Best and Paddy Jackson back in their side for the first time since October in a game they must win to keep realistic quarter-final hopes alive.

But Andrew Trimble, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding all miss out through injury.

Elsewhere, Warren Gatland has named his assistants for the Lions tour to New Zealand.

There was no place for former Ulster coach Mark McCall or the man who led Fiji to an Olympic gold, Ben Ryan.

Instead it was Rob Howley named as attack coach, although Gatland has not ruled out including McCall in further appointments to the ticket in the future.


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