‘The emotion requires a step up’: David Strettle relishing return with Clermont

The former England and Saracens wing returns to Allianz Park in the Champions Cup on Sunday and expects ‘the intensity of an international match’

When Clermont Auvergne last played at Allianz Park, in October 2014, David Strettle scored two tries. He was playing for Saracens then, part of a strike force that contained Chris Ashton, who this season joined Toulon and is the leading try scorer in the Top 14, but is now in the final year of his contract with last May’s beaten Champions Cup finalists.

At the age of 34 it is perhaps the last chance for the Clermont wing Strettle to add the Champions Cup to his clutch of medals. He was in the Saracens side that lost to Toulon in the 2014 final and lined up against his former club at Murrayfield last May when Clermont, who went on to win the Top 14, lost their third European Cup final.

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