Rugby - Rougerie out, James in for Clermont's semi with Munster

Clermont Auvergne will be without centre Aurelien Rougerie for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Irish side Munster but fly-half Brock James returns from injury.

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Rugby - Rougerie out, James in for Clermont's semi with Munster
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Clermont's centre Aurelien Rougerie scores a try (AFP)

Former France international Rougerie, who has played 44 matches and scored 17 tries in the competition, including two this season, was left out of the squad for Saturday's match with a thigh problem, the Top 14 leaders said.

Back row Gerhard Vosloo has a similar injury and will also miss the tie to be played at Montpellier.

However, Clermont Auvergne's bid for a first Heineken Cup final received a boost when Australian James was given the green light after recovering from a thigh injury that sidelined him for a month.

"Morgan Parra and Brock James will form the usual final stages' halves pair," the club said.

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