Ulster name team for Clermont clash

Updated: January 20, 2012

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Ulster have made just one change for their huge clash against French outfit Clermont in their final pool game in the Heineken Cup.

Ian Whitten has come into the squad replace injured centre Darren Cave for a game that will decide Ulster’s European faith for this season.

Johann Muller will once again lead an all-international pack, in which loose forwards Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry and Pedrie Wannenburg have been in excellent form in recent weeks.

Speaking after the teams announcement attack coach Neil Doak said: “This weekend is all about clearing the next hurdle in our progression. It was great to reach the quarter-finals last year and be highly competitive against Northampton Saints, but the game in Clermont is much bigger than last year’s quarter-final.

“We’ve got to go and get the monkey off our back by winning in France for the first time and we want to put ourselves in with a chance of a home draw in the last eight. Munster and Leinster are already there and it would be great for Irish rugby if we had three provinces in the quarter-finals for the first time. We have been building nicely towards this game and the players all know how important it is.”

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