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Countdown to Clermont clash

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The first Leicester Tigers fans have arrived in Clermont ahead of Sunday's Heineken Cup clash at Stade Marcel Michelin.

Tigers supporters have flown into Lyon, Rodez and Toulouse airports to be at the Pool 4 fixture, which kicks off at 4pm local time.

The club’s famous red, white and green colours have been spotted around the city as fans watch TV coverage of Saturday’s early Heineken Cup matches or shop in the narrow streets near to Clermont’s Gothic cathedral.

The Christmas market in the shadow of the cathedral is in full swing, with jewellery, crafts and clothes on sale as well as speciality foods including a cheesy mash and ham dish, which was going down a storm among shoppers.

If you are in Clermont lets us know how you travelled to the game and share your tales and pictures with us by emailing [email protected]

We will use as many as we can in our Jacobs Digital Galleries, which you can view by clicking here, and we will have two pages of pictures in the Tigers matchday programme on Saturday.

The weather on Saturday was dry with a little cloud cover. Afternoon temperatures got up towards 15C. The forecast for matchday is clear with temperatures expected to be a mild 12C.

The game is being shown live on Sky Sports 2/HD2 and there is live commentary on BBC Radio Leicester. You can also stay in touch with the game and fellow Tigers fans on the Official Leicester Tigers Facebook pages and @LeicesterTigers on Twitter, and we will have live scoring on the club website www.leicestertigers.com

Clermont have won their last 34 games at their Stade Marcel Michelin home, a run that stretches back to November 2009. They are currently second in France’s Top 14 behind Toulouse after winning nine of their opening 12 fixtures.

They boast a star-studded squad which includes the likes of Morgan Parra, Aurelien Rougerie and David Skrela, who helped France to this year’s World Cup Final, plus overseas players such as former Ospreys full-back Lee Byrne, ex-Scarlets centre Regan King and All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu.

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is no stranger to Clermont after spending two years as a player in the city in the earlier part of the decade.

The game is expected to be an 18,000 sell-out. One bar is enticing fans without tickets into their establishment by billing the clash as “Frog vs Rosbeef”.